Big Issue vendor Will Payne is used to trying to clean up on Bristol’s streets when he sells the magazine – but now he has bagged a new job as a street cleaner in the city.
The 59 year old spent a year working as a vendor outside Better Food in the St Werburgh’s area of the city after turning to the Big Issue in a time of crisis.
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Payne packed a lot in those 12 months including “the highlight of his year” featuring on the cover of the magazine after representing vendors and quizzing politicians at the Labour and Conservative party conferences.
Even though he will no longer be selling the magazine, festival fanatic Payne insisted he is not done with the Big Issue just yet.
“The Big Issue is the best comfort blanket in the world for me. I know it’s always there and that’s why I always want to give something back,” said Payne.