School patrols get a medal for their work

School crossing patrol officer Sheila Dembry with her badge.
School crossing patrol officer Sheila Dembry with her badge.

Dozens of school crossing patrol officers are receiving medals as part of the service’s diamond anniversary.

It is 60 years since the first crossing patrol and national road safety organisation Road Safety GB has marked the milestone with a special commemorative badge.

Capita Symonds, delivering the service for North Tyneside Council, is distributing badges to 59 school crossing patrol officers in the borough.

Among them is Sheila Dembry, who has been on duty at Hadrian Park Primary School in Addington Drive, Wallsend, for 30 years.

Sheila, 63, of Howdon, said: “I’ll be wearing my badge with pride. This is a job where you get a lot of pleasure because you are appreciated by so many people.

“There are children who I used to help years ago who are now married and bring their own children to school. It’s fabulous to see them.”

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for the environment, said: “Our school crossing patrol officers play a very important role in community and I know they are greatly appreciated by parents, schools and children.”

To become a school crossing patrol officer, contact Liz Moore on (0191) 643 6104.