Lollipop Betty retires after 37 years

A DEDICATED lollipop lady has hung up her stick after 37 years. Betty Challis has given up her role as lollipop lady at Rackham Primary School in Witchford. Throughout her time, Betty has seen the school, the pupils and the village of Witchford change alm

A DEDICATED lollipop lady has hung up her stick after 37 years.

Betty Challis has given up her role as lollipop lady at Rackham Primary School in Witchford.

Throughout her time, Betty has seen the school, the pupils and the village of Witchford change almost beyond recognition. The number of pupils at Witchford has doubled since she started in 1970.

Headteacher of Rackham Primary School, Sid Wales, said: "Betty is unique. She has shown a fantastic and marvellous commitment to the school."


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Betty has had a number of roles during her time at Rackham, including a 20 year-long stint as the school's caretaker.

In 2003, Betty was given an MBE for services to school crossing patrols by the Queen, which she received in front of the children she helped every day.

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With 37 years of dedicated service under her belt, Betty is now putting her feet up and taking a well-earned rest.

Photo: HELEN DRAKE.

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