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Some say it’s the perfect job, combining children, outdoor life and strong links with the local community. No doubt former lollipop lady 80-year-old Betty Boweren would agree – she retired last year after 41 years at the same crossing in Norwich. She was awarded an MBE in 1993, and there are others who’ve been honoured in the same way. Lollipop ladies and men are officially called School Crossing Patrol Officers, but that doesn’t really take into account their comfort value in our lives. The first lollipop lady was appointed in Bath in 1937, with London following suit in the 1940s. They were officially recognised in 1953 with the School Crossing Patrols Act. Responsibility for lollipop men and women used to lie with the police, but they now answer to their local authorities. Despite the positive image, the service isn’t without its problems – there’s a national shortage of people wanting to take up the job and a decline in the number of children walking to school has had an impact too.

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Salt of the earth in all winds and weathers protecting our children on the roads going to and from xchool

Cyril Gaiger


My late mum was a lollipop lady for 37 years, the longest serving in Yorkshire at the time. She loved all the children and they loved her back. She got still received christmas cards from the children she saw safely off to school, years after they had grown up and moved on. I think a lot of young children miss out, as in our village no-one can be recruited to fill the post.
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