FOR 40 years Angela Clist has been a smiling face at lunchtime for pupils at an infant school.
But now the 70-year-old has decided to retire and said an emotional goodbye to the children at Ranvilles Infant School in Fareham.
I will miss the children terribly, I cannot believe I have been coming here for 40 yearsAngela Clift
Angela, a member of the lunchtime staff, said she would miss the pupils and fellow staff members who have become close friends.
‘I will miss the children terribly. I cannot believe I have been coming here for 40 years,’ she said.
‘My last day was very emotional. The children were getting tearful and I never expected them to react like that.
‘All the classes made some lovely cards, so there were mixed emotions.’
Angela, from Stubbington, added she was looking forward to going out to lunch with her friends now she is retired and also spending time with her family.
She said: ‘I loved my job for the past 40 years and the school is a happy and bright place. But it was the right time to go and I am looking forward to having spare time.’