A MUCH-loved school crossing patrol has hung up her ’lollipop’ after 25 years.

Elizabeth Fishpool - who is known as Liz - began helping pupils to get safely to Gorsley Goffs Primary School in 1996.

Liz decided to retire at the end of term and the school had a special assembly to say thank you and goodbye.

She was presented with a 25 years service badge and a bunch of flowers.

Liz worked on a busy crossing but she had been there without fail, rain or shine, week in and week out.

But she often did more than her official duties, regularly helping children and staff around the school.

She also volunteered at the school for a number of years, whether it be helping the children in the classroom, keeping staff supplied with milk, tea and coffee, or helping to keep the school entrance safe by putting out parking pals, the child-like signs used to encourage parents to park considerately.

Liz said: "Gorsley Goffs School has been a big part of my life for many years.  I will miss everyone greatly, but will certainly keep in touch."

Headteacher at Gorsley Goffs, Diana Atkinson, said: "Liz will be deeply missed by all the children and their families.

"She is so caring to everyone and does a sterling job on the crossing every single school day, particularly as it is a fast and dangerous road.

"She goes far beyond her official duties and will doing anything to support the staff in school too.

"Gorsley Goffs will not be the same without Mrs Fishpool but we wish her well as she relaxes and enjoys her retirement."

Cllr Ange Tyler, Herefordshire Council’s Cabinet member for housing, regulatory services and community safety, said: "Liz has been an incredibly popular figure at Gorsley Goffs over the years, and is always inundated with flowers and gifts, along with grateful thanks from children and parents.

"Twenty five years of service is a huge achievement, and we are delighted to help recognise Liz’s valuable contribution to keeping children safe, and wish her a wonderful retirement.

"People who work as crossing patrol officers are incredible individuals, who work tirelessly and in often very challenging conditions to help children and parents walk to and from school safely.

"As well as Liz, I would also like to offer a huge thank you to everybody who helps to deliver this priceless work."