Robert hangs up his stick for a final time
An award- winning Ayr lollipop man has been enjoying his retirement.
We told last week that Robert Lamont won School Crossing Patroller of the Year, battling off strong competition from across Scotland.
The 61- year- old he has been sunning himself in Lanzarote with his wife Elizabeth after hanging up his stick in June, while he de- stresses from his almost half century working life.
He worked at Prestwick Airport for 32 years as a freight controller before his four- year stint as a full- time janitor and lollipop man at Doonfoot Primary.
Over the years, he worked in various customer service posts.
Robert is father to Craig - who now lives in America - and the retired lollipop man joined Doonfoot in January of 2014.
And Robert spent a day last week visiting his former school, to have a catch up with the pupils and the staff.
Speaking to the Post, Robert said: “It’s funny, because I was never a fan of school when I was younger.
“But I have spent the last few years loving every day of coming into the school and working.
“The highlight of my job was seeing the smile on the faces of a kid’s face when I got their ball that had been kicked up on to the roof.
“There’s no doubt at all that I am loving every minute of my retirement.
“I have been working all my days - so it’s great to finally put my feet up.
“I have been to Lanzarote for three weeks, and I’m off for another three later in the year - it’s lovely having the time to do that.
“We are looking forward to working our way through Elizabeth’s list of things to do such as decorating and other things around the house that I have not had time to do.
“I aim to get back into golf, as again I just haven’t had the time to play over the years.”
Robert could not be anymore thankful to the staff for making his time at Doonfoot such a pleasure.
He said: “On my last day it was superb because I had some fantastic gifts from the staff, and we enjoyed a beer - after the term had finished of course!
“But I really can’t thank the staff enough for how great they have been, they should take pride in that. It’s a wonderful school.”
Caroline Connell, who has been head teacher at Doonfoot for seven years - and she had plenty to say about Robert.
She added: “Robert was a true gentleman and he was fully committed to all the children.
“He was supportive of all the staff and parents, he is just such a humble man.
“I am delighted that he won the award as he most definitely deserves it.
“I am gutted that he has retired as he was so valuable to the school.”
Robert’s successor Brian Robb worked part- time in the evenings before Robert retired, but he took up the full- time post this year.
And Brian was delighted to hear Robert won this award.
He said: “Robert is a great man and I learned a lot from him. “I was sad to see him go. “I have got big boots to fill and I hope I can do that - but I wish Robert all the best in his retirement.”