A school crossing patrol officer has been rewarded for her years of dedication helping children cross the road safely.
Valerie Todd has received £250 worth of shopping vouchers from Capita, which provides the service for North Tyneside Council, in recognition of her 25 years service.
Valerie, who has spent almost all the years at the crossing point on Rosehill Bank in Wallsend, said: “I love it, I get to meet a lot of people.
“I think I’ll buy myself some jewellery as a memento.”
Ian Roberts, Capita’s head of engineering, said: “This is the first long service award we’ve awarded on North Tyneside and Valerie is a very deserving recipient.
“Her commitment and dedication to the job is shown by the length of time she has been in the role.
“We all remember with fondness the lollipop men and women that helped us get to school when we were young.”
He added: “I’m sure Valerie is highly regarded too by those she helps on a daily basis. I’m delighted that we’ve been able to give her this recognition.”
To apply to become a school crossing patrol officer in North Tyneside contact (0191) 643 6104 or visit www.capita.co.uk/careers and search for jobs in ‘Tyne and Wear’.