Dinner lady’s farewell after 20 years’ service

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FOOD Glorious Food was the musical tribute from pupils when a much-loved dinner lady retired from her duties at a Sheffield school.

Janet Darling said her goodbyes to staff and children at Sheffield High School, in Rutland Park, Broomhill, where she has worked for more than 20 years.

Over the years Janet has tackled a variety of roles at the school where she started out working as a cleaner in 1988.

She was soon promoted to cleaning supervisor before joining the dining staff in the school’s old kitchens, which are situated where the sports hall now stands.

Janet has worked for many catering contractors during her career at Sheffield High School and in all areas of the kitchen – serving, pot washing, on the sandwich bar, providing hotplate service, and as a food assistant.

More recently she worked in the tuck shop and she also manned the till at the school’s Breakfast Club.

Away from school Janet is a keen Sheffield United supporter and is hoping her beloved team can win the promotion play-off challenge. She also enjoys gardening and rambling, especially along routes populated by pubs to break the journey.

A school spokeswoman said the song from Oliver! was the highlight of her final junior school assembly.

A staff whip round was held for Janet and she was presented with a host of gifts.

The spokeswoman added: “Later Janet was thrilled with her gifts of a barbecue, a specially-produced cake showing her in her uniform and a pot plant.”

But the real celebrations took place after the final bell had gone.

The spokeswoman said: “She also enjoyed a celebration drink with her colleagues at a local hostelry which rounded off a really great day.”