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Ten years service for Leadenham lollipop lady

A lollipop lady has celebrated 10 years of helping children cross the road safely at the village school she serves every day.

Gill Kettle, 60, has been the lollipop lady for Leadenham Primary School for 10 years as part of Lincolnshire County Council’s large, dedicated team of men and women who ensure the safety of pupils and parents near schools.

Gill’s service was marked with an assembly on Monday where she was honoured in and presented with a certificate and a badge from the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership.

Pupils also surprised her with a handmade card which proved quite a challenge to hide it from Gill, who also works as a teaching assistant as at the school. She was also showered with flowers.

Despite suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, Gill, who lives in Fulbeck, never fails to do her duty.

She said: “My arthritis can play up in all kinds of weather. My joints get sore when it’s cold and they swell up in summer but I’ve never let it bother me.

“I love seeing all the children and their parents each morning and afternoon and making sure they get across the road safely. It’s my duty.”

Gill, whose four grown-up four children also attended the village school, started off as a dinner lady at Leadenham 11 years ago before taking on the role as lollipop lady as well just a year later.

She added: “There was a few before me that only seemed to last a few weeks. You have to have really good time management to do this role properly.

“The years really have flown by. I have watched many of the children grow up. I even know some of their parents from when they went to school with my three eldest children.”

But the role does come with its challenges though. Gill added: “The school is on a main road and it sometimes seems that some drivers see the traffic lights and put their foot down. Cars have actually driven around me sometimes.”

Despite its challenges, Gill who has six grandchildren has got no plans to stop any time soon. She said: “The school will always have a special place in my heart.

“My children were all pupils there and I did my work experience, which was known as community service back then, when I was 15 years old.”

Gill Kettle with pupils at Leadenham. (7212806)
Gill Kettle with pupils at Leadenham. (7212806)

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