A community in Warwickshire has thanked school crossing patrol officer Ann Perry, who is celebrating 50 years of helping children to cross the road.
Ann began serving the community of Kingsbury in 1969 – when she was asked to provide cover for a six-week period.
Half a century later, Ann is still in post – and has received high praise for reaching the significant milestone.
Ann said: “When I started I was only covering for someone for six weeks, yet 50 years later here I am, I’m still waiting for her to take over.
“I do it because I love it and I’m showing no signs of slowing down yet.
“My favourite part is the children. I always get a good morning and thank you and it warms my heart when the children say ‘good morning Ann.’
“I started when my children were young and attended the school and now they’re getting ready to retire themselves.
“It makes it worthwhile when you’re out in the rain and freezing cold when you get a simple thank you.”
Ann starts work at 8.15am and returns to her patrol in the afternoon when the schools finish for the day. She says the job is “a lot different” than when she started.
Ann was recently presented with flowers and a gift card from Kingsbury School, as a thank you for her service.
Martin Clarke, Kingsbury School headteacher, said: “As a school it’s important our students don’t take Ann for granted.
“We wanted to take the time to pay tribute and say thank you to her for keeping all our pupils safe.”
Rosalie Taylor, SCP supervisor at Warwickshire County Council, said: “Ann has been helping children to cross the roads safely for 50 years.
“This is an unbelievable achievement and I am sure that many adults who remember Ann and all of the children she currently helps will agree that she is a very special person with a real passion for the job she does.
“Standing in all weathers is not an easy job, but Ann has always done it with a smile on her face and a commitment to keeping young people safe.
“Despite her 50 years’ service, Ann has no plans to stop just yet and we couldn’t be more proud.
“Thank you Ann for everything that you do, you really are one in a million.”