A new competition launched last week by Keltic Clothing to salute some of the country’s longest serving school crossing patrols (SCPs) has already received more than 50 entries.
Under the competition, Keltic Clothing will award a prize to the longest-serving SCP in each region, in recognition of the “great work they have done serving Britain’s schoolchildren”.
Road safety teams can enter the competition by simply emailing the name of their longest serving SCP, along with the number of years served, to: SCP@kelticclothing.co.uk. The nomination must come from a local authority email address.
The prize is a bottle of champagne and a length of service badge for each region’s longest-serving patrol – as well as a supply of Keltic’s STOP cupcakes for the whole team.
Entries are coming in on a daily basis, including one from the London Borough of Greenwich which has nominated Joyce Cooper who has been working for many years as a patrol for Bannockburn School in Plumstead. Her husband, Frank, was also a patrol at the next crossing until he retired in 2008. Joyce is described as “the epitome of a SCP” and recalls the days when she was employed by the Met Police and given a whistle and torch to help perform her duties.
Torbay Council has nominated Paul Maaszas (opposite) who began working as a patrol in 1990s for Cockington Primary School. To celebrate a long service milestone a couple of years ago, the parents and children made presents and cards, the school presented him with a ‘Stop Means Stop’ cake and the mayor of Torbay presented him with a certificate and badge.
Louise Bennett of Keltic Clothing said “We are amazed with the length of time some of the UK’s SCPs have been working hard. Many nominations have included some lovely stories and photos that have really made us smile.
“With the difficult times many councils are going through at the moment with budget cuts, we wanted to share these stories and photos to show how proud the councils are of their SCPs.”