School Crossing officers honoured

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TRIBUTES were made to lollipop men and women at a diamond anniversary evening.

A special 60th anniversary reception was held by chairman of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Andrew Joy, to recognise the officers who work for the School Crossing Patrol Services.

Over 100 serving officers and their guests attended the special presentation in the Great Hall, Castle Avenue, in Winchester, last night.

Sylvia Rosewarn, who helps young children outside Orchard Lea Infant School, Kennedy Avenue, Fareham, was recognised for her 36 years of contribution to the service.

She has also won other awards including the Honorary Citizen of the Year from Fareham Borough Council in 2008.

The evening also remembered the late Ray Elsmore who tragically died in a car accident in December.

Ray served 11 years at the Queen’s Inclosure School, Cornelius Drive, Waterlooville, and was well-loved by students.

Cllr Andrew Joy said: ‘School crossing patrols provide a very important service and play a valuable role in our local communities.

‘These men and women are on duty whatever the weather and I’m delighted to be celebrating the 60th anniversary.’