Badge of honour for lollipop lady

Buckingham lollipop lady Carol Palmer.'130703M-C557
Buckingham lollipop lady Carol Palmer.'130703M-C557

A Buckingham lollipop lady attended a special reception last week to celebrate the 60th anniversary of school crossing patrols.

Carol Palmer, aged 59, has served the community as a lolipop lady at Stratford Road for 24 years.

And on Tuesday last week, Mrs Palmer was one of 70 crossing patrollers invited to a reception at the Judges’ Lodgings in Aylesbury, where they were presented with commemorative badges and certificates.

Mrs Palmer said: “It was fun meeting other lollipop ladies and seeing pictures from the past.”

Mrs Palmer started work on the Stratford Road crossing patrol when her own daughter was just two weeks old, in 1989. Since then, she has seen a lot of children across that road.

“Some of them are coming back with their own children now,” she said.

Bucks County Council’s cabinet member for planning and transport, Janet Blake, said: “It is great to see the good work being carried out by school crossing patrollers.

“Their valuable contribution to the safety of children travelling to and from school is much appreciated and we hope to encourage more people to become crossing patrollers.”

The crossing patrol service was officially created by the School Crossing Patrol Act in 1953. The first official patrols started in 1954, employing ‘active retired gentlemen’ as ‘traffic wardens’, wearing white coats and peaked hats, as worn by park keepers at the time.