Volunteers needed for school crossings

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A LOLLIPOP man is encouraging others to pick up a pole and help children get to school.

Michael Barton has started as a school crossing patrol officer in Gosport for Hampshire County Council.

He said: ‘I am really enjoying my new role, especially as everyone is so friendly.

‘I feel happy and confident doing the patrol.

‘It’s great to be working with such nice people, polite children and, so far, very considerate motorists.’

The county authority wants volunteers to give two hours each day to help. There are positions available in Gosport, Havant and Whiteley.

A council spokeswoman said: ‘We are keen to hear from people in the community who can demonstrate traffic awareness, a sense of responsibility, and are keen to show dedication and commitment in carrying out a very important job to make the roads of Hampshire safer for children.

‘The job involves working for approximately an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon during term time.’