The shiny yellow sight that is a lollipop lady (or gentleman) has become a thing of the past in other parts of the country.
But Bedford has received high praise from a pressure group after saving school crossing patrols despite a string of other cuts.
Living Streets, a charity which promotes safer streets for pedestrians, has singled out Bedford Borough Council, which has backed a national campaign to protect the service.
The charity’s chief executive Tony Armstrong, said: “We’re delighted to have Mayor Dave Hodgson’s support for this important campaign and Bedford Borough Council’s commitment to ensure local children can enjoy a safe passage to school.
“At a time when a generation’s long term health is potentially in jeopardy through inactivity, the walk to school is an easy way to build some physical exercise into a child’s day.
“Lollipop men and women are invaluable members of the community, helping to keep our children safe today to ensure they have a healthier future.”
Bedford Borough Council currently employs around 25 school crossing patrol workers. The town’s longest serving lollipop worker has served the children of Bedford Borough for a whopping 39 years.
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