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Dinner lady retires after 35 years year at same Sandwell primary

By Dayna Farrington | Smethwick | Education | Published:

A long-serving dinner lady has retired after 35 years of helping children in Sandwell.

Dinner lady Pat Newman with Crocketts Community Primary School children

Pat Newman, aged 71 years old, first started at Crocketts Lane Infant School in 1981.

Pat then spent a few years at other Smethwick primary schools before returning to Crocketts in 1984.

School children, staff and special guests including three generations of Pat's family were all invited to a special presentation for Pat at what is now Crocketts Community Primary School.

Pat said: "I have enjoyed my time at Crocketts Primary. I have worked with a brilliant team of ladies and we have had some laughs over the years.

"I have stayed so long as it's been a pleasure to work with good people."

Crocketts Community Primary School headteacher Lynne Paino said: "Pat was our longest serving member of staff, in fact a lot of our staff weren't born when Pat started working with the school.

"We will certainly miss Pat and we wish her good health and very much happiness in her retirement."

Councillor Danny Millard, Sandwell Council's cabinet member for employment and skills, added: "Hundreds if not thousands of children will remember Pat – after all she has seen at least two generations come through the school over the years.

"I wish Pat well in her retirement, she certainly deserves a rest after so many years of service to the children of Crocketts Community School."

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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