It’s the big 30! Aylesbury school crossing patroller celebrates long service

  |  Published: Jul 30th 2018
Lollipop patroller Irene Warne, with children from St Louis Catholic Primary School and Head Teacher Margaret Louisy
Lollipop patroller Irene Warne, with children from St Louis Catholic Primary School and Head Teacher Margaret Louisy. Image courtesy Buckinghamshire County Council

St Louis Catholic Primary School celebrates 30 years of service for school crossing patroller Irene Warne.

Back in 1988 when Irene started her role, we were going through the wettest summer in England for 50 years. The likes of Bros and Yazz were blaring out from car stereos and the England football team crashed out of the Euro’s group stages, held in West Germany.

Much has changed today and Irene has seen thousands of children across the road, including the fourth generation of her family.

‘Rain or shine I’m here for the children and it’s a pleasure to see them when they return with their own little ones’ says Irene.

At 78 years old Irene is going to put her feet up and relax but there are still opportunities across the county to serve as a school crossing patroller.

Mark Shaw, Buckinghamshire County Council’s Deputy Leader & Cabinet Member for Transportation, is in awe of patrollers' devotion to duty. 'They all play a fantastic part in our children's safety. But for everyone, as much as they love the job, there comes a time when they want to stand down,' he said.

‘The job is around an hour a day during term time and it’s a paid role. Many of our patrollers serve for decades, which is a testament to how rewarding the job is and could be a great opportunity for someone new’

There are a number of current vacancies for school crossing patrollers and relief roles, please see http://jobs.buckscc.gov.uk/  

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