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Manchester Airport's toilets win top award

Toilet attendants at Manchester Airport
Bosses said the toilet attendants are the "unsung heroes" of the airport

Passengers wanting first class service at Manchester Airport need go no further than the public lavatories - rated five-star by a "loo watchdog".

It scooped the best airport toilets at the annual Loo of the Year Awards Ceremony.

An army of 300 toilet attendants regularly tackle the 1,015 U-bends, 464 urinals and 1,021 sinks to keep them the some of the cleanest in the UK.

Secret visits were carried out by toilet-checking judges.

The airport deals with 20 million passengers each year, who go through 43,930,000 metres (27,297 miles) of toilet roll over the course of 12 months. If "unrolled" this would stretch the equivalent distance of flying Manchester to Singapore four times.

Head of customer experience at the airport, Sarah Barrett, said: "We are absolutely delighted to have earned this recognition because in order to meet the expectations of our customers, we must get the 'basics' right.

"The award extends to all of the cleaning staff - they are among the many unsung heroes of Manchester Airport."

The various categories in the competition received more than 1,500 entries, and each toilet was graded against 100 different criteria.

The annual Loo of the Year Awards started in 1987 and focuses on 'away from home' toilets throughout the UK.

McDonalds was voted as having overall best toilets in the UK.



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