Diamond "lollipop" patrols celebrate service's jubilee

Diamond "lollipop" patrols celebrate service's jubileeDiamond “lollipop” men and women took part in a special event to celebrate 60 years of the School Crossing Patrol Service.

Patrols from across Leicestershire were presented with a commemorative badge and certificate at the diamond jubilee event at County Hall.

There are currently 114 patrollers employed by the county council who help thousands of children cross the roads safely every school day.

The longest serving officer is Sandy Flamson (65) (aka “Fred”) who has for the past four decades been working in Parsonwood Hill in Whitwick, helping children who attend St John the Baptist and Whitwick Holy Cross primary schools.

Sandy is known to most as Fred as she calls all the children Fred and is subsequently known as Fred herself. At the celebration event she was handed a special certificate for 40 years service.

She said: “I love my job. The main reason is because I’m helping children to be safe and I feel like I’m making a worthwhile contribution to the community.

“I enjoy being out in the fresh air, meeting new people and watching the children grow up. In some cases I’m now crossing their children!”

Nationally, the School Crossing Patrol Service was introduced in 1953.

Peter Osborne, Leicestershire County Council Cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We are incredibly proud of our school crossing patrols, past and present, who have done a sterling job in helping to keep our children safe.

“While the uniform and sign have changed to meet modern standards, and patrols can now stop traffic to cross any pedestrian, adult or child, the role is essentially the same today as it was 60 years ago.”

Some of Leicestershire’s patrollers are also involved in other aspects of road safety education, in particular in assisting road safety tutors in delivering cyclist and pedestrian training in primary schools.

Anyone who is interested in becoming a school crossing patrol can call: 0116 305 6644

For more on the service visit: www.leics.gov.uk/lollipop

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