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Lollipop lady, Pam, patrols her Upminster crossing for the final time after 18 years

15:51 11 July 2014

Lollipop lady Pam Potter with parents and pupils at her crossing

Lollipop lady Pam Potter with parents and pupils at her crossing

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After 18 years ensuring that children make it to their classrooms safely Pam Potter has patrolled crossings with her lollipop stick for the final time.

Lollipop lady Pam Potter with parents and pupils is to retire after 18 yearsLollipop lady Pam Potter with parents and pupils is to retire after 18 years

Dressed in her fluorescent jacket Pam has guided pupils in and out of Engayne Primary School, in Severn Drive.

She said: “I have had a brilliant time, I have loved every minute of it, the children and the parents have been wonderful.

“I’ve seen a lot of comings and goings, a lot of faces. I have seen children grow from babes-in-arms to university students and a lot still come and speak to me.”

Sara Sankey, headteacher of Engayne Primary School, said: “Mrs Pamela Potter has been one of our local lollipop ladies for the last 18 years.

“She is a familiar face to many of our Engayne children past and present who has been seeing them safely across busy Front Lane come rain or shine with a smile.

“We wish her a very happy retirement and thank her for her dedication over the years.”

Road safety is at the heart of Pam’s job and she stressed them importance of children being taught to keep themselves safe.

She said: “I tell children about road safety and what they should be doing. With us being so visible it makes them stop and think. It makes them aware and motorists aware.”

Pam said that the families she has seen twice a day have also helped her when times have been tough, particularly when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

She said she would miss her job but would be spending her free time with her husband and daughter, paying regular visits to the cinema and theatre,

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