Veteran lollipop man from Portsmouth ends career on a high note

Lollipop man 'Roy Greenaway is retiring after 21 years Picture: Mick Young' (150671-01)
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HE’S guided thousands of children safely across the road in his many years of service, but now this lollipop man has called it a day.

Roy Greenaway, 83, said he enjoyed his final day on the job, which he started in 1993.

I got some cards and sweets from the children and I was wished well by the mums and dads

Roy Greenaway

Mr Greenaway, of Wymering, said: ‘It was great.

‘I got some cards and sweets from the children and I was wished well by the mums and dads.’

Since 2004 Mr Greenway has worked for Northern Infant and Junior schools in Portchester, and he has been based at the crossing in Hill Road, opposite Hill View Road.

Before that he worked for schools in Cowplain and Fareham.

Mr Greenaway took up the job after serving in the Royal Navy for 25 years and working with the Ministry of Defence police for another 20.

He said he became a lollipop man because he wanted to make himself useful.

‘I wasn’t interested in money,’ he said.

‘All I was thinking was that I could be doing something useful.

‘But times have gone on and it has got to a state where it’s a proper job and so the money has gone up.

‘When I first started it was more or less done for petrol money.

‘It has been quite good, making sure the kids got to and from school without problems.’

Mr Greenaway said it was a job where you always had to be alert.

He said: ‘You see cars coming at you down the hill and there’s plenty of room for them to stop and you wonder if they are going to put their brakes on or not.

‘So you have got that on your mind all the time.

‘But I have never got into any difficulties. I have been very fortunate.’

Mr Greenaway got married in 1952 and his wife, Joan, died in 1988.

Together they had three children and Mr Greenaway now has seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mr Greenaway said he started his navy service as a ‘boy seaman’ and finished as a Chief Petty Officer (gunnery).

He served aboard vessels including the aircraft carrier HMS Warrior, as well as with a couple of submarine repair ships. Mr Greenaway became a dog handler with the MoD police, working with alsatians.

He said he was looking forward to having more time for DIY.

‘I have got plenty of work to do around home that I have been putting off,’ he said.

‘I think others in the family have got ideas of me helping out around their homes too.’