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Caretaker hands in his tools after 24 years at Collier Row school

PUBLISHED: 16:00 04 April 2014

Caretaker Gerry Bradford with pupils and staff at Clockhouse Primary School

Caretaker Gerry Bradford with pupils and staff at Clockhouse Primary School

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A caretaker has hung up his utility belt after seeing generations of families come and go in his 24-year stint at the same primary school.

Gerry Bradford had worked at Clockhouse Primary School in Clockhouse Lane, Collier Row before he retired on Friday.

To mark the occasion, pupils and teachers held a “Mr Gerry” day, so-called because of the affectionate nickname given to him by the children.

Some turned up to school wearing Gerry’s trademark polo shirt, others in a makeshift utility belt, and Gerry was impressed with the levels of effort.

Speaking to the Recorder this week, Gerry said he had a wonderful last day.

“It was fantastic. The children were great and it was a very emotional day. I didn’t really want to retire but at 72 my body is telling me it’s given a bit too much!”

Gerry has seen children grow up and return to the school as parents, but now says he will spend his days “getting out and about” with his wife Janet.

But the school will miss him, as Jo Collard explained.

“The kids all love him. And so do the parents who were there years ago. It was a lovely send off.”

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