FOUR North Devon lollipop men and women are among 16 Devon patrols being honoured at the annual Long Service Award ceremony, being held in Exeter later this month. South Molton's Barbara Moule is set to be presented with a gold award for 15 years' service
FOUR North Devon lollipop men and women are among 16 Devon patrols being honoured at the annual Long Service Award ceremony, being held in Exeter later this month.South Molton's Barbara Moule is set to be presented with a gold award for 15 years' service, while Jacky Duncan from Hatherleigh will receive a silver award for 10 years at the village's community primary school.Ronald Elliott, who patrols at St Mary's C of E Primary in Bideford, and Tracy Richardson, of the Braunton Caen Primary, will each receive bronze awards for five years' service.The winning patrols have 120 years' experience between them. Most will attend to receive their awards from Devon County Council chairman John Rawlinson at the Larkbeare House ceremony on July 30.Cllr Rawlinson said: "Our school crossing patrols perform a vital job in helping schoolchildren across Devon get to and from school safely, whatever the weather. "Their loyalty can be seen in the amount of years clocked up by the award winners."Councillor Margaret Rogers, the council's executive member for environment, added: "The commitment shown by all of our lollipop men and women across Devon should be applauded. "These awards recognise their dedication in safeguarding thousands of children in the county."The county council's long service award ceremony has been held annually since 1990. Since then, more than 300 patrols have received the distinguished honours. Devon has more than 250 patrols, reserves, mobiles and volunteers who work between five and 10 hours a week during the academic year, ensuring the safety of thousands of pupils arriving and leaving school each day.