Diamond celebrations for school crossing wardens

Lollipop ladies and men in Barnsley mark 60 years of the service with a civic reception.
Lollipop ladies and men in Barnsley mark 60 years of the service with a civic reception.
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Lollipop ladies and men in Barnsley were presented with commemorative badges to mark the diamond anniversary of school crossing patrol services.

The town’s crossing wardens enjoyed a civic reception with Mayor of Barnsley Coun Ken Richardson to celebrate 60 years since the service began.

It was established in 1953 by the School Crossing Patrol Act, and the first patrols started work a year later.

At that time an estimated 90 per cent of children walked to school alone.

Coun Richardson said: “For many years lollipop men and women have kept us safe and become a major part of our community. They have become a British institution.”