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Carol Smith from Dersingham retires after 40 years as a lollipop lady





A lollipop lady who has been ensuring that village residents and school children cross the road safely for 20 years has decided to call it a day.

Carol Smith, from Dersingham, has been the village’s lollipop lady since 2004 and has decided to give up her stop sign to enjoy retirement.

Carol, 76, moved to West Norfolk from Kent, where she also worked as a lollipop lady for two decades - meaning she has served in the role for 40 years.

Carol has been helping school children and residents cross safely in Dersingham for 20 years. Picture: Ian Burt
Carol has been helping school children and residents cross safely in Dersingham for 20 years. Picture: Ian Burt

Her last day was on Wednesday when she greeted schoolchildren finishing their day for the last time.

Carol was presented with flowers and chocolates by Dersingham Primary School’s crossing patrol manager Charlotte Hayter.

Carol explained that she became a lollipop lady to give something back after she was run over by a car when she was eight years old.

Carol has been helping school children and residents cross safely in Dersingham for 20 years. Picture: Ian Burt
Carol has been helping school children and residents cross safely in Dersingham for 20 years. Picture: Ian Burt

She said: “People say to me why do you do the job? I say, well it’s payback time. When I was a child of eight, I was run over by a car and had multiple injuries and in out of hospital for two years.”

Carol has faced all kinds of weather while out at the crossing on Doddshill Road, whether it be rain, snow, or hot temperatures.

Carol is known to many in Dersingham. Picture: Ian Burt
Carol is known to many in Dersingham. Picture: Ian Burt
Carol Smith is retiring after working as a lollipop lady for 40 years. Picture: Ian Burt
Carol Smith is retiring after working as a lollipop lady for 40 years. Picture: Ian Burt

“It landed on my lap, the advert came in the village voice and thought ‘I’m qualified for that’ and I got the job.”

Carol Smith is retiring after working as a lollipop lady for 40 years. Picture: Ian Burt
Carol Smith is retiring after working as a lollipop lady for 40 years. Picture: Ian Burt
Carol Smith with her husband Ray. Picture: Ian Burt
Carol Smith with her husband Ray. Picture: Ian Burt
Carol has met many parents, children and residents throughout the years. Picture: Ian Burt
Carol has met many parents, children and residents throughout the years. Picture: Ian Burt
Carol is known to many in Dersingham. Picture: Ian Burt
Carol is known to many in Dersingham. Picture: Ian Burt
Carol Smith is retiring after working as a lollipop lady for 40 years. Picture: Ian Burt
Carol Smith is retiring after working as a lollipop lady for 40 years. Picture: Ian Burt
Carol Smith is retiring after working as a lollipop lady for 40 years. Picture: Ian Burt
Carol Smith is retiring after working as a lollipop lady for 40 years. Picture: Ian Burt
Carol was presented with chocolates and flowers by schools crossing patrol manager Charlotte Hayter. Picture: Ian Burt
Carol was presented with chocolates and flowers by schools crossing patrol manager Charlotte Hayter. Picture: Ian Burt

Carol said she will miss seeing the children and parents each day, but is looking forward to going on trips and days out with her husband Ray.




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