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Wolverhampton lollipop lady Val hangs up sign after 20 years

A school crossing patrol officer is preparing to hand over her lollipop sign after two decades of helping children cross safely to school

Val Davies

Val Davies, aged 66, started her career in March 2001 and has been helping parents and children at St Anthony's Catholic Primary Academy rain or shine.

Before taking up her lollipop sign she worked as a lunchtime supervisor at Elston Hall Primary School and Northwood Park Primary School.

However, she has decided it was time to take things easier after Easter so that she can spend time with her family and grandchildren.

But although Val will be leaving the school crossing life behind she is going to continue with lunchtime supervision duties and so will not be fully retired just yet.

She said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a school crossing patrol officer, helping the parents and children of St Anthony’s Catholic Primary Academy safely cross the road.

“I have been with the council for 26 years and just felt now was the right time to retire.

"It’s time to put my feet up, try some new hobbies and spend some time with my family and grandchildren.

“It’s been great to see the children as they grow up and I now see children who I helped cross the road years ago, walking their children to school.

“I will miss all of my colleagues and in particular my partner who I have worked alongside for the past five years.

"I’ll also miss seeing and chatting to the parents and children but the one thing I won’t miss is standing outside when we have bad weather.

"When we next have rain or snow, it will be a good feeling being able to stay warm and cosy inside.”

“I had to make a decision between the two jobs and knew I would be bored if I retired from both jobs.”

Headteacher Tasmin Davis said: “Val Davies has been dedicated to keeping the children and families of St Anthony's Catholic Primary for 26 years.

"She has been reliable, caring and friendly and has also put herself into danger to protect children and families on many occasions.

"She will certainly be very missed, and we would like to thank her for all that she has done.”

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