Jean Hangs Up Her Lollipop After Nearly 43 Years.
A Nottinghamshire lollipop lady has retired from her post after keeping school-children safe for almost 43 years.
Jean Dawson who has been based at Albany Junior School in Stapleford, has been a School Crossing Patrol since June 1974, ensuring children safely crossed the road to school an estimated 1.7million times.
Via and Nottinghamshire County Council today recognised her long service and outstanding contribution with a presentation and celebration of her career.
Councillor Steve Calvert, Vice-Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Transport and Highways Committee, was on hand to make the presentation and thank Jean for her years of dedicated service.
Three generations of local families will have crossed with Jean, who in over 7,400 hours on the job has walked approximately 11,800km – or from Stapleford to Hawaii!
Now, the time has come for Jean to enjoy her retirement, the Road Safety team at Via East Midlands, who manage highways on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council, are looking for a replacement at the school.
Via’s Principal Road Safety Officer, Zena Oliver, said: “It’s incredible that Jean has been keeping local children and families safe for almost 43 years. The dedication that she’s shown to the role has been wonderful and it’s right that we’re here today to honour her service.
“School Crossing Patrols have a vital role to play in keeping children safe in their journey to and from school in the county. Jean’s departure means we are now looking for somebody to take over at Albany Junior School, along with some other locations in the county, so I’d urge anybody who wants a flexible, rewarding, part-time role to get in touch.”
Councillor Steve Calvert, vice-Chairman of Transport and Highways Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “Our crossing patrols perform a vital, visual and much-valued service in all weathers to ensure thousands of our children can cross safely on the way to and way home from school.
“Many congratulations to Jean for her sterling work, which I know is greatly appreciated by the road safety team, the staff at Albany Primary School and the generations of children she has helped over the years. To work in any job for 42 years is a staggering achievement and I know she will be sorely missed.”
Looking back across her four decades with lollipop in hand, Jean commented: “I loved the job – I had to, to be doing it for nearly 43 years – it’s been a pleasure. I’ll miss all the children.
“I’m not going to sit around at home now. I want to get out walking locally and enjoy the lovely fields nearby.”
If you are interested in becoming a School Crossing Patrol, please contact Zena Oliver in Via’s Road Safety Team –firstname.lastname@example.org or 0115 9774373