Pupils hold special assembly in thanks to long-serving lollipop lady

Ann DiMonaco School Patrol presentation with Cllr Wendy Rider and Parsa Mostaghimi (Head Boy) and Annabel Emmott (Head Girl) at Newnham Middle School, Bedford.

Ann DiMonaco School Patrol presentation with Cllr Wendy Rider and Parsa Mostaghimi (Head Boy) and Annabel Emmott (Head Girl) at Newnham Middle School, Bedford.

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Students at a Bedford school held a special assembly for a long-serving lollipop lady who has been helping youngsters cross the road for three decades.

Staff and pupils from Newnham Middle School said a big thank you to their long-serving lollipop lady, Ann Dimonaco.

The assembly was held on Monday, October 20, attended by the Deputy Speaker at Bedford Borough Council, Cllr Wendy Rider.

Ann started her service in 1984 outside St Bede’s school in Conduit Road, and has clocked up more than 30 years of service as a school crossing patrol (SCP).

She currently works at the site on Chiltern Avenue where she has been positioned for the last eight years.

Ruth Wilkes, Head teacher at Newnham Middle School said: “Nothing is more important to us than keeping children safe and Mrs Dimonaco has made a huge contribution over 30 years in ensuring that children coming to and from Newnham can cross the road safely.”

Cllr Wendy Rider, said: “Our patrollers are friendly, trustworthy and, most importantly, vigilant.

“Ann is a shining example and I was delighted to be able to award her with a long service certificate as a way to express our gratitude for all that she has done over the 30 years.”

A council spokeswoman said: “If you are interested in working on a school crossing patrol and joining a team that provides a very important service to the community, please contact the Road Safety Team at Bedford Borough Council on 01234 228336.”