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Tower View dinner lady Noreen steps down after 20 years

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 22, 2014

By Laura Hammond

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WHEN Noreen Skelton first put her hand up to help out at Tower View Primary School, she never dreamed she would still be there 20 years on.

But as the dinnerlady bows out after two decades' service, she said she would not have changed a moment of it.

The 57-year-old, who describes herself as part of the fixtures and fittings at the school, is hoping to make the most of her retirement by spending time with family and enjoying life.

She told the Mail she was looking forward to this new stage in her life, but that she would miss the job.

"I like the company of the other dinnerladies and I enjoy being with the children, seeing them develop from being shy little ones coming up to the juniors and into young adults when they leave.

"I like to think I have helped them a little bit.

"It's been lovely and it's gone by so quickly."

Mrs Skelton. who lives in Delhi Close, Winshill, originally took on the job on a casual basis, as she was looking for something to do while her children were at school.

She started working every now and then, but was soon offered a permanent position in the junior section of the school.

But Tower View is not just her place of work, it also holds a special personal significance for her.

"I have had five of my own children there and some of my grandchildren. One grandson is due to start there in September," she said.

Until Mrs Skelton left on Friday there were six dinnerladies at Tower View, and they all socialise outside of work.

She said she was planning to stay in touch with her colleagues.

Mrs Skelton was presented with flowers on her last day, and head teacher Andrew Ridout gave a speech about her time at the school.

She said she was 'a bit overwhelmed' with the situation.

She made the decision to step down following her husband's retirement, and so she could spend more time helping her elderly mother.

It will give the couple more chance to 'go out and about', she said.

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