Pupils to vote on Hampshire’s lollipop stars

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SCHOOLCHILDREN are being invited to nominate their favourite lollipop person.

Hampshire County Council is encouraging pupils to be creative by sending in a poem, drawing or a story illustrating why their school crossing patrol is a real diamond.

The council has 262 lollipop men and women who help children across roads and this year marks 60 years of the school crossing patrol service nationally, making 2013 its diamond anniversary.

One finalist will be chosen from each of the 11 boroughs and districts. They will all be invited to an awards ceremony on July 10 in Winchester.

The winner will be given £500 worth of Ikea vouchers and each finalist will receive a goodie bag.

The closing date is May 24.

Go to hants.gov.uk/roadsafety.