TOILET attendants in Lincoln have set a new bog standard after being voted the best in the country.
The City of Lincoln Council's public conveniences team has taken the top spot at the Loo of the Year Awards.
They were named the In-House Cleaning Team of the Year for England.
Three of the council-run public toilets were also given five-star status, which puts them alongside the finest loos in the country.
Facilities in Tentercroft Street, Castle Square and Lucy Tower were all given the top rating.
The toilets were judged after an unannounced visit from a Loo of the Year inspector, based on criteria including signage, decor and cleanliness.
The team's award was recognised at a ceremony at The Guildhall in Lincoln yesterday afternoon.
Gordon Palmer, 38, of Lincoln, has been a toilet attendant for 13 years and is one member of the 10-person team that maintains the city's toilets.
He told the Echo: "We are thrilled to have our hard work recognised.
"We get five stars every year, which is great for the city, but we need to appreciate what work is done.
"We get a lot of people from different places and abroad coming into Lincoln – as far as Australia and the US.
"They appreciate the quality of the toilets we have and then go back to their home countries and tell people how clean the city is. We want to keep providing this service as much as we can for as long as we can."
Richard Chisnell, chairman of the Loo of the Year Awards, applauded Lincoln for the high standards of its toilets.
He said: "Next to the mayor, the toilet attendants are the frontline ambassadors for Lincoln.
"Full marks to Lincoln for making the effort where so many other cities have given up.
"I've been to Lincoln a few times myself and always think you get a much better feeling about a place when you've had a good toilet experience.
"Toilets are what it's all about. We're in danger, with all the cutbacks and doom and gloom, of losing our basic frontline services such as toilets.
"However bad the cutbacks, people aren't going to stop needing the toilet.
"The message to Lincoln is keep up the good work. Residents should take pride in their toilets and toilet attendants."