A fond farewell to Les after 16 years

84 year old Lollipop Man Les Burns retires from Whitley Lodge First School.'REF 1807132575
84 year old Lollipop Man Les Burns retires from Whitley Lodge First School.'REF 1807132575

Pupils bid a fond farewell to their lollipop man after he decided to retire at the end of the school year.

Children at Whitley Lodge First School in Whitley Bay held a special assembly and presentation last Friday to thank Les Burns for all his work and efforts patrolling outside the school in Woodburn Drive.

The 84-year-old has worked morning and afternoon for the last 16 years and staff said he had grown a special bond with the youngsters over the years and everyone was sad to see him go.

A school spokesperson said: “We wish Les a happy retirement and thank him for his many years of service.

“The children and staff of Whitley Lodge First School will really miss him.”