A POPULAR lollipop lady who has manned the streets outside a Branston school for 23 years is finally throwing in the towel.
Peggy Goodfellow, who has appeared in the Mail three times due to her exemplary work keeping children of Rykneld Primary School, in Main Street, safe from cars, was given a big send off yesterday.
Fiona Brown, deputy head teacher, said: “She was very popular with parents, staffs and children. She has a wonderful personality, and is kind and caring.
“She always kept the children safe and did a great job.”
The school threw the 88-year-old two assemblies showering her with gifts from children including paintings, drawing, and poems as well performing dance routines, and reading out riddles about their favourite lollipop lady.
Mrs Brown added: “One child referred to her as perfect in assembly, another said she was lovely.
“It will take some getting used to without her. The children are so used to seeing her, but she will take a well deserved break and putting her feet up.”
In 2009, Mrs Goodfellow was the subject of more praise when 10-year-old Connie Jordan-Turner contacted the Mail to tell its readers how good her lollipop lady was.
At the time, Mrs Goodfellow said: “I enjoy everything about my job. I like to be outdoors and the children and staff are very friendly.
“I always get appreciation from parents and pupils. No matter what the weather rain, snow or sun I still enjoy my duties.”
And back in 2003, she was voted one of the best in the country thanks to a national school crossing patrol competition.
Mrs Goodfellow was chosen be a finalist in the Golden Jubilee Lollipop Person Competition.
The mother of six was invited to a ceremony at London’s five-star Savoy Hotel, after getting down to the final 11 nominees out of 30,000 lollipop people throughout the UK.