Penarth school's big send-off for retiring lollipop man and caretaker
ALBERT Primary School lollipop man and caretaker Rhys Johnson hung up his crossing patrol stick for good last week.
Mr Johnson, who joined the school ten years ago, finished his last shift by helping children cross the road on Friday (September 7).
Pupils and staff held a special leavers assembly to celebrate his service to hundreds of local youngsters.
And on his final day, many of the pupils signed his shirt and gave him leaving presents as he prepared to head into retirement.
"It’s such a lovely school," said Rhys, now 65, who also worked as a lunchtime supervisor at Albert.
"The children are so nice and it’s been wonderful working here.
"Every single morning I’ve spoken to every child. They have always been so polite."
The father-of-three, whose own grandchildren and great-grandchildren have attended or are still at the school, said: “For the current pupils, I’ve been there for their whole school life.
"When the Stanwell children come back they always want to high-five the lollipop!"
A television engineer before taking on his role at Albert, he added: “The children have been my favourite part of working here and I will miss them."
Wife Rosemary added: "He’s so loved in the school. I can’t believe all the cards and presents he has been given.
"We have had people saying they are going to miss him so much."
A school spokesman said: “We thank him for all the work he has done for the school, and wish him all the very best for the future.”