Meet York’s youngest ever lollipop lady.

Meet York’s youngest ever lollipop lady.

Marie Patterson, aged 18, the youngest school crossing patrol warden in York, on her crossing in Acomb Road

School crossing patrol supervisor Jayne Ward, front, with a 60-year anniversary cake and some of the crossing patrol officers who received a commemorative badge and certificate

First published in News

MEET York’s youngest ever lollipop lady.

At just 18 years old, Marie Patterson, from Acomb, became a lollipop lady after leaving college to look after her mum when she had a heart attack.

She got the idea for the job from a family friend and hasn’t looked back since.

Marie, whose patrol for Acomb primary school is in Acomb Road, said: “I love doing the job, there’s never a dull moment and no bad sides, other than when it snows.”

She said she tought the job was not popular among other people her age, mainly, because of the small number of hours, only five or six a week, and the rather “unbecoming uniforms”.

Marie’s boss, Jayne Ward, York’s school crossing patrol supervisor, said Marie was the youngest lollipop lady they had ever had. Of the current staff the next oldest is 30, and the average age is more than 60.

The men and women in charge of York’s crossing patrols celebrated 60 years of service at a special ceremony at City of York Council’s West Offices which saw 22 crossing patrol officers being presented with a commemorative Diamond Jubilee badge and a certificate to mark the milestone.

While many of the officers, like Marie, are fairly new to the job, there is a small group of staff who have shown an extra level of commitment.

Five staff have given more than 30 years of service, and some are approaching 40 years. Chistine Horn, 65, of Osbaldwick, has been described as “the real hero of the service”.

Mrs Horn has clocked up 42 years on the job and explained that the highlight of her career was winning the eXtra Factor Individual of the Year award for public service in 2011. She describes her work as “a really lovely, satisfying job” and she hopes to make it to 50 years of service.

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12:30pm Wed 26 Jun 13

Blimp says...

Brilliant love it! More please.
Brilliant love it! More please. Blimp
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11:33pm Wed 26 Jun 13

ColdAsChristmas says...

Hope Buda James doesn't cut these jobs.
Hope Buda James doesn't cut these jobs. ColdAsChristmas
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12:17pm Thu 27 Jun 13

robriguez says...

Really interesting article :)
Really interesting article :) robriguez
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4:47pm Thu 27 Jun 13

pbrowne2009@live.co.uk says...

York's youngest shop assistant...........
. no wait, no one cares.

How is this news?
York's youngest shop assistant........... . no wait, no one cares. How is this news? pbrowne2009@live.co.uk
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5:42pm Thu 27 Jun 13

robriguez says...

York press's most annoying troll??^^^

More interesting news? Why click on the link if you don't want to read it
York press's most annoying troll??^^^ More interesting news? Why click on the link if you don't want to read it robriguez
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