A popular competition to recognize and reward some of the country’s longest-serving school crossing patrols (SCP) closes this coming Friday 26 September.
Under the competition, which is being run by the SCP uniform supplier Keltic Clothing, the longest-serving SCP in each region will be presented with a bottle of champagne and a long-service badge, and each member of their team will receive a STOP cupcake. The competition has already attracted more than 100 entries.
John Barry, managing director of Keltic, said: "Having worked in the production of SCP uniform jackets for 40 years, I am astounded at the number of staff who have served in their role for a similar length of time – and longer.
“At Keltic we are all so excited to present the prizes to the winning patrols, and learn a little bit more about their working lives and their history.
“We hope that, in a small way, it will give some well-deserved recognition to what we consider to be an integral part of road safety as well as great British heritage."
One of the many stories to emerge from the competition is that of Lillian Turner (pictured above) of the London Borough of Newham who has been a SCP for 38 years. She has spent her entire SCP career serving the community in and around Dersingham Avenue in Manor Park, London.
Lillian said: “Initially, I wanted a part-time job that fitted in with my own family life, particularly my children. I never dreamed that I would still be working in the same job at the same location more than 30 years later.
“I thoroughly enjoy what I do, I feel I’m at the heart of my community and love the interaction with the children and parents. What I find particularly fascinating is watching the kids grow up. Quite a few of the parents crossed with me when they themselves were children. I hope to go on working for as long as I am able.”
In West Berkshire there are four SCPs who have served their schools for between 13 and 33 years. The longest serving is Freda Batten (pictured left) who has patrolled at Mortimer St. John’s Infant School since 1981. The others are Wendy Bird (Fir Tree Primary, 1990), Jennifer Till (Spurcroft Primary, 1995), and Julie Webb (Pangbourne Primary, 2001).
Keltic Clothing will be awarding the prizes region-by-region during October. To enter, simply email the name of, and number of years served by, your longest serving SCP to firstname.lastname@example.org by 26 September.