Thanks and congratulations to North Lincolnshire’s longest serving school crossing patrol

Council News
12:30, Thursday, 13th June 2024

Pupils, teachers, parents and pedestrians have joined North Lincolnshire Council in thanking school crossing patrol Margaret Long, who last month chalked up 30 years service helping the people and families of Bottesford cross the road safely.

Margaret patrols the busy Messingham Road crossing at the junction with Moorwell Road.

She was presented with a bouquet of flowers and a special card from local pupils.

In her 30 years helping the children and pedestrians of Bottesford cross safely, she says the main change is that drivers have become less patient and take more risks.

Margaret said: “I have loved every minute of this job crossing pedestrians safely. I especially enjoy listening to the children telling me what they are doing at school.”

She added that she would encourage anyone to become a crossing patrol. “The only downside is that sometimes the weather can be bad.”

NLC chief executive Alison Barker, lollipop lady Margaret Long Bottesford infants headteacher Rachel Busby laughing at a pedestrian crossing

NLC chief executive Alison Barker chats to school crossing patrol Margaret Long and Bottesford Infants School headteacher Rachel Busby

Alison Barker, chief executive of North Lincolnshire Council, presented Margaret with a certificate marking her long-service achievement. She said: “A big thank-you goes out to Margaret – and all our crossing patrol people – who turn out in all weathers to make sure our children cross the road safely.

“Everyone remembers their school crossing patrol person, and there must be some people out there who remember crossing the road with Margaret who are now parents themselves.”

There are current vacancies for school crossing patrols across the area. Go to our jobs page on the council website for more information or contact Dave Wilson on 07717 587463 or dave.wilson@northlincs.gov.uk.