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Thursday, 18 December 2014

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West Cumbrian primary school’s plea for new lollipop person

A plea has been made for someone to help children cross a busy road.

Pupils at Broughton Moor Primary School, near Maryport, have been without a lollipop person for two years.

A new push has now been launched to try and get someone in place for the time the schools return after the summer holidays amid youngsters’ own concerns about safety.

Headteacher Peter Dawson said: “We have a main commuter road outside the school and even though it is a village school we do get speeding cars coming through.

“We have done a lot of work with the children over road safety and they were the ones who raised the question of finding a new school crossing patrol person.

“We’ve also got new pupils, some as young as four, starting school in September and we’d love to have someone there to help them cross the road for the start of the new school year.”

Year Two pupil, Keira Atkinson, said: “Sometimes if there are lots of cars it can be difficult to cross the road.”

The drive to find a new crossing patrol is being backed by Broughton Moor parish council an Orion Solutions, the firm contracted to provide lollipop people in Cumbria.

Parish council chairman Catherine Ferguson said: “You would need to commit to being there before the start of school and at the end of the school day but it’s a really important job and very rewarding.

“You’re part of the school community and see the same parents and children every day.”

Margaret Gunson, Orion’s account manager, added: “A role as a school crossing patrol often suits a recently retired or semi-retired person, man or woman.”

For more details, call 08454 707010.

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