Sennen's children are safe once more as former pupil returns as lollypop lady
SENNEN'S children are safe and sound crossing the road thanks to a former primary school pupil returning as the village's lollipop lady.
Ann Tregear has taken up the position this term, after the council struggled to find a replacement earlier in the year.
The experienced school crossing patrol worker has solved the problem - and come back to where it all began.
Not only did Ann attend the village school, but she held the position of crossing patrol until 1994 – succeeding her mother in the job.
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Nearly two decades on, Ann said she didn't think she would be holding her distinctive sign a second time, but felt something had to be done when she learnt that pupils were crossing the busy A30 to get to school without professional guidance or help.
"It's funny how things turn full circle," she said.
"I never expected after I'd done the job that I'd be doing it again, but when I saw that the children weren't getting the necessary supervision to travel safely to and from school, I had to do something."
Teachers, councillors and parents had expressed concerns over safety after Cornwall Council admitted no one had applied for the vacancy.
Now the council has reported "smiles all round" as the lollipop lady dons her yellow high-vis jacket.
Head teacher Tony Phillips said: "We're delighted to welcome Ann back, particularly as after the previous patrol left it was proving difficult to recruit a replacement for this important position.
"We're very grateful, especially with her connections with the school."
Councillor Bill Maddern hailed the appointment as "extremely good news.
"Having the main A30 passing literally by their door makes this a dangerous place for children to cross."