Farewell to much loved lollipop lady

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A much-loved lollipop lady has bid farewell to children and parents from Market Harborough C of E Academy after almost ten years in the role.

Come rain or shine dedicated Clare Kennard kept a watchful eye over children crossing Fairfield Road but retired her lollipop stop-sign last Friday.

The road could now be permanently without a school crossing patrol. Leicestershire County Council said they would carry out an assessment of Fairfield Road before deciding whether to fill the vacancy.

A spokesman for the council said: “We’re sorry to hear that Clare is leaving the school after nine-and-a-half years of valuable service.

“We’ll be carrying out an assessment of such factors as traffic speed, road width and age of the children and, if the site meets the criteria for a crossing patrol, we’ll advertise for Clare’s replacement.”

Clare, who now plans to teach cycling proficiency, said: “It’s been a rewarding job with many highlights. I always loved fancy dress days seeing the children in their different costumes.

“As well as stopping the traffic, the job has required providing road safety advice and not just for the children - some of the parents have often needed it.

“There were challenging days too. People often ask who gives you the most trouble, it’s an equal split between motorists, parents and children. But on the whole people have been very pleasant. I always say be nice and people will be nice back.”

Market Harborough C of E Academy’s headteacher Emma Tayler, praised Clare for her dedication to child safety, saying: “Mrs Kennard has been one of our unsung heroes, seeing our children and parents safely across the road every morning and 
afternoon.

“It was lovely that we had the opportunity to say a big ‘thank you’ to Mrs Kennard, when we presented her with cards that the children had made, and gifts and flowers from the staff and parents.

“We will miss Mrs Kennard and we hope she can now have lots of lovely lie-ins!”