Send us your pictures, video, news and views by texting NORTHERN ECHO to 80360 or email us
Pittington crossing lady hangs up her lollipop after 25 years
A LOLLIPOP lady who has helped generations of children get to school safely – and played a part in appointing their head teacher – marked her retirement today (Monday, September 30).
Janet Hughff, 63, served as lollipop lady for Pittington Primary School in Pittington, near Durham City, for 25 years.
She was also on the school’s board of governors until several years ago and helped appoint Cathy Lee as deputy head and then headteacher.
But after three severe winters of standing in the wet and cold and with her husband retiring, Mrs Hughff decided to call it a day.
Mrs Hughff said: “The post for lollipop lady came up when I was looking for a job. I thought it would be handy as I only lived two doors from the school.
“I originally worked up at the crossroads and then they moved me to the school 15 years ago, because I was only crossing two or three kids a day.
“I have loved the work and am going to miss the children. I am crossing some whose parents I crossed. I have got to know them all by name - from nursery school upwards.”
Mrs Hughff added: “I had three bad winters standing out getting wet and cold. My husband has now retired too, so I decided to join him. We can have more holidays together now.”
Mrs Lee said: “We are all going to miss Mrs Hughff. She's a lovely person.
“She has been a lollipop lady for 25 years and a cleaner at the school for the last 11 years.
“She also served as a governor."
Comments are closed on this article.