TWO cleaners have hung up their mops after a total of 50 years’ service at Colne Valley High School.
Staff and pupils at the school bid a farewell to Margaret Beaumont and Elaine Dyson, who have retired.
Their work was honoured during a special assembly at the end of term.
The assembly was attended by students, staff and former staff who had worked with the pair over the years.
The school presented them with a bouquet and special award, appropriately named The Order of the Mop.
Head teacher Linda Wright said: “It was a very emotional day and there were a few tears. We are sad to see them go.
“They are wonderful people, forthright and honest. They could not have done more for the school.
“The students will really miss them as a lot of them are used to seeing them first thing in the morning when they start work and at the end of the day when they finish.
“They were extremely dedicated to what is such a difficult job. They got up at 5am every morning – something I’m sure they’re not going to miss!
“They will especially be missed by those who have been here a long time and, like them, have seen the changes in education and service provision.”
Margaret and Elaine plan to make the most of their retirement.
Elaine is packing her bags for a Mediterranean cruise, while Margaret is looking forward to spending more time with her family.
And the pair, who both live in the Colne Valley area, still plan to visit the school and support it for events and concerts.
Ms Wright added: “Between them they have given 50 years’ service.
“Such dedication which is quite rare these days, as people tend to move from job to job more. They took huge pride in the work they were doing and gave such loyalty. We will not get the likes of them again. It’s the end of an era!”