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Fir Tree School lollipop lady turns in stick after 30 years of service

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A Newbury school is bidding farewell to the lollipop lady who has served local children for more than 30 years.

Wendy Bird, who joined the Fir Tree School community in 1990, turned in her lollipop last week having considered the move for some time.

A recent school assembly was held to celebrate Mrs Bird's career, with staff decorating her crossing with balloons and banners.

Wendy Bird with her stick.
Wendy Bird with her stick.

Staff and pupils gave gifts, and a special memory book was presented to Mrs Bird before the assembly.

Mrs Bird said it was a “lovely job” but that it was time to hang up her stick.

She said: “I’m 81 in August and standing out in all weathers, I’m just beginning to feel it so I thought it had to be done.

Wendy Bird with her stick.
Wendy Bird with her stick.

“I’ll miss it definitely, the children most of all – it’s so rewarding to see the kids coming round the corner, I get hugs and presents.

“I’ve crossed two generations of children over – I’ve got three mums down there that I was crossing over, and now I’m crossing their children.

“I wasn’t expecting all of this [the presents], the headmistress took me to the field and as she took me down, all the kids were around the field all waving and shouting.

“Some were crying and they made me cry. I enjoyed it.”

Wendy Bird retires from Fir Tree School duties.
Wendy Bird retires from Fir Tree School duties.

Fir Tree head Lindsay Wood paid tribute to Mrs Bird. She said: "I think so many of the parents remember her from when they were children and she crossed some of them. It is phenomenal how many children she has crossed so it has been really emotional.

"She knows so many names, faces and families and she is a nice smiley face to see in the morning, helping the children to get to school safely. They will miss her a lot."

The executive head for Newbury Academy Trust, which Fir Tree School is part of, Dr Charlotte Wilson, said: "Wendy has kept the children in our Fir Tree community safe for many years, it is now her time to enjoy retirement and relax."

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