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Lollipop lady still sticking at it after 35 years

A New Malden lollipop lady is marking 35 years in the job.

Deirdre Haycock has seen schoolchildren and the public safely across the road since 1978, and for the last five years has been stationed at the crossing at the junction of South Lane and Sheephouse Way.

Kingston Council hopes that Deirdre’s example and love of the job will help to recruit more community-spirited people needed for its school crossing patrols.

There are ten school crossing patrols across the borough, with three vacancies at Maple Road in Surbiton, Burlington Road in New Malden and the north end of Tolworth Broadway.

“I love my job, the children are lovely and I meet and speak to a lot of interesting people. Last week a child asked her mother if she could cross with the ‘lady pop’!”

Deirdre

“We definitely feel safer and it is especially important to have Deirdre at her crossing in the mornings. The junction gets really busy and there are often children walking to school on their own without a parent.”

Collette Johns, parent of a Malden Manor Primary School pupil

Malden Manor Primary’s Junior Road Safety Officers appreciate Deirdre’s role too.

“It’s important to have Deirdre because other kids might cross unsafely.”

Ethan Kaloudau-Taylor

“People drive too fast around the school area.”

Sabika Nadeem

“The roundabout makes it a dangerous place to cross.”

Eve Victoria Edward

“Deirdre’s dedication to her job is remarkable and my children, Kiron and Oliver, love to see her in the morning. Indeed, she is one of the few people Oliver listens to as she makes him pay proper attention when he crosses the road!

“Deirdre and her school crossing colleagues do an important job getting children to and from school safely. I hope that there are other people out there like Deirdre who would like to make a positive contribution to the community.”

Councillor Simon James, Kingston Council’s Lead Member for Strategic Transport

To find out more about working as a school crossing patrol email [email protected] or apply at jobs.kingston.gov.uk.

For more information about road safety and school crossing patrols, see Road safety.