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Lollipop lady from Halifax bids farewell after 33 years

Retiring Siddal Primary School lollipop lady Jackie Fox with, from the left, Marco Rushworth, eight, Barkley McDonagh, nine, and Oriana Holcroft, eight.

Retiring Siddal Primary School lollipop lady Jackie Fox with, from the left, Marco Rushworth, eight, Barkley McDonagh, nine, and Oriana Holcroft, eight.

After over three decades of helping thousands of school children cross roads safely, Jackie Fox is hanging up her lollipop.

The 61-year-old, from Siddal in Halifax, has been leading school crossing patrols at Siddal Primary School for the last 33 years.

She said: “The best bit has been meeting all the children and helping them cross the road and knowing they are safe.”

She took the job having previously worked at a mill in Elland.

Back then, she said the role came under the jurisdiction of the police.

She has two sons and, as well as it being rewarding, she said the job fitted in well around school holidays.

Mrs Fox also has three grandsons and a granddaughter.

She said she has enjoyed helping generations of families cross the road safely.

“I’ll miss the children and the staff at the school,” she added.

But she said she will not miss having to be out in sub-zero temperatures, snow, hail, torrential downours and gale-force wind.

“The worse thing about the job was the weather,” she said.

“The wind was the worst. I just had to wrap up warm.”

She plans to kick-off her retirement enjoying a spell of warm weather with a holiday in Tenerife in the New Year.

 
 
 

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