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Joan Loft, Bedford Borough’s longest serving School Crossing Patrol, has decided to retire at the end of the term after nearly 43 years serving the community in Wootton.

 

It is estimated that Joan has seen more than three hundred thousand children safely across the road during that time, and she is now crossing the grandchildren of some of the children she crossed at the start of her service.

 

Cllr Charles Royden, Deputy Mayor said ‘Every day, through all kinds of weather, rain or shine, hot or cold, our school crossing patrols carry out their duties and dedicate themselves to the safety of local children. Joan has been helping children get to school in Wootton since September 1974, and I would like to thank her for this amazing contribution to the community and the school. I know Joan will be much missed by the children and parents of Wootton Lower.’

 

Head Teacher of Wootton Lower School, Chris Tavener said “Joan is a lovely lady and will be sorely missed by everyone she meets on her crossing.  She greets the children with a wonderful smile and ensures they arrive at school happy and ready to start the day.  It is amazing how many people she has helped over her time here’.

 

If you are interested in becoming a School Crossing Patrol, please contact the Council via the website http://www.bedford.gov.uk/, email road.safety@bedford.gov.uk, or give us a ring on 01234 228618.

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