Grantham Journal caricature: ‘Pete the plumber’ Nevitt

Caricature of plumber Pete Nevitt, by Terry Shelbourne.
Caricature of plumber Pete Nevitt, by Terry Shelbourne.
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Pete Nevitt, better known to most as ‘Pete the plumber’ says he has never missed a day of work since starting in the trade as soon as he left school at 15 years old, and continues now aged 74.

He did his apprenticeship with Fosters Builders, and as well as working on building sites and coming to the aid of homeowners, he was also employed by the old borough council to fix burst water pipes during particularly harsh winters.

However, for 40 years he has worked independently, supported by his wife Lesley who helps out with the book-keeping, and has relied solely on recommendations between customers. These include caricaturist Terry Shelbourne, who has also noticed that Pete works up an appetite while working.

It is clear just from talking to Pete that he loves his job, and shows no sign of stopping anytime soon.

Outside of work, he is a life-long fan of Manchester United, having been born in the city, and takes trips up to see his team play at Old Trafford when he can.

It was in 1952 that he and his parents moved to the area, settling in Ropsley. Just as eager to get involved in local sports close to his new home, Pete played for the village’s football squad and also became a member of the darts team at the Green Man pub.

Never limiting himself to one team though, he has also been on the football pitch for Ingoldsby, and thrown darts with Grantham Railway Club.

He and his wife now live in Grantham itself, as do their two daughters Paula and Emma, and three grandsons. Having the family within such a close proximity means that even though Pete is dedicated to his work, he is still able to spend a lot of time with those who matter most.