I’ve been a lol­lipop lady for 45 years, so now it’s time for me to STOP!

Daily Mail - - News - By Chris Brooke

2017 DED­I­CATED Mar­garet Cat­tle has safely shep­herded school chil­dren across the same busy road for 45 years.

Believed to be Bri­tain’s long­est serv­ing lol­lipop lady, she has watched over three gen­er­a­tions of lo­cal fam­i­lies, crossed the same road hun­dreds of thou­sands of times and walked up to 3,000 miles in the course of her du­ties.

But at the end of the month she will hand in her Stop sign to be­gin a well-earned re­tire­ment. Grand­mother-of-six Mrs Cat­tle was a 25- year-old mother of two young chil­dren when she be­gan the role in 1972. And she has lived on South­wood Road, which she pa­trols in Cot­ting­ham, Hull, for many years.

She has the odd prob­lem with a rude mo­torist, but there’s never been an ac­ci­dent on her watch.

And while her uni­form and sign have al­tered a lit­tle, the only change she’s no­ticed is that the young­sters are ‘a bit feistier’. Mrs Cat­tle, 69, spent 30 of her 45 years cam­paign­ing for a pedes­trian cross­ing and when the coun­cil finally agreed, she pe­ti­tioned it again to stop it go­ing in the wrong place. Two years ago her ef­forts were recog­nised with a lo­cal author­ity Un­sung Hero award.

Mrs Cat­tle, mar­ried to re­tired butcher Michael, 73, now only does the af­ter­noon shift. She said: ‘It’s been my way of life for so long and I’ve loved it,’ she said. ‘But I have to be back at the cross­ing for 3pm ev­ery day and it’s a bit ty­ing. It’s just time to take a step back.’

1972 Sign of the times: When she started out, Mrs Cat­tle was just 25

Ca­reer path: Mrs Cat­tle is still help­ing pupils cross the road al­most half a cen­tury af­ter she be­gan

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