Robert hangs up his stick for a fi­nal time

Ayrshire Post - - AYRSHIRE PEOPLE - Lochlin Highet

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.”

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