No time to stop for popular lollipop lady

No time to stop for popular lollipop lady

STILL GOING STRONG: Joyce is presented with flowers by some of the young pupils of Roch School.

HELPING HAND: Road Safety Officer Kirstie Anne Donoghue is pictured with former Roch pupil Claire Morgan who was escorted to school by Mrs Morgan when she was a child.

First published in News

ONE of Pembrokeshire’s longest serving lollipop ladies says she has no plans to hang up her yellow jacket after spending 40 years in the job.

Joyce Morgan starting working as a lollipop lady for Pembrokeshire County Council during the time of the Three Day Week, the Cod Wars and an Ira bombing campaign.

While those events are now part of our history, 72 year-old Joyce is still going strong and making sure that the children of Roch Community School get to school safely.

Last week pupils and staff at the primary school held a special celebration to mark her 40 years of patrolling service.

“It was a real surprise...but a nice one. It’s nice to be appreciated,” said Joyce.

Joyce, who was born in Broad Haven and lives in Roch, began working for the school in September 1973 when her two daughters were young. As well as her lollipop duties, she also helps out as a lunchtime supervisor.

And despite her decades of service, Joyce has no plans to retire.

“I enjoy being with children,” she said. “Over the years I have seen them grow up and now I often look after their children as well.

“I feel fine and as long as they need me I’ll carry on.”

Kirstie Anne Donoghue, Road Safety Officer for Pembrokeshire County Council, said school crossing patrol service depended on the dedication of people like Joyce.

“Forty years ensuring our children get to and from school safely is no mean feat. We felt it was an achievement that needed honouring,” she said.

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