Boy George serenades trash crews

Boy George will perform a free concert in New York.

The former Culture Club singer wants to show his appreciation to the Department of Sanitation for their kindness when he was ordered to complete community service with workers two years ago.

The singer, real name George O’Dowd, was ordered to work for the department after he pleaded guilty to falsely reporting a burglary at his apartment in Manhattan.

Now George will thank his co-workers with a concert at the department’s Family Day on 17 August.

He said: “The people I worked alongside showed great kindness to me at a very difficult time, and I wanted to thank them all in a way that would show my appreciation.”

Michael A. Bimonte, a first deputy commissioner in the department, added: “Keeping New York City safe and clean is a daunting challenge – as Boy George well knows – and we welcome his generous offer to entertain those who have made our city the cleanest it has been in more than 30 years.”

George will also launch his North American tour, starting in Aspen, on 10 July.