COOK Lesley Walker has served up her last school dinner.
Lesley, a head cook at King James’s School, has retired after 36 years at the school. She started as a relief kitchen assistant.
Over the years she progressed to kitchen assistant, assistant cook, cook and catering manager.
In her years at the Almondbury school she served more than 6,000 different students.
Kirsten Catling, Kirklees Council’s catering officer, said: “Lesley is a huge part of King James’s School and of our catering service. I don’t know what we’ll do without her.
“Lesley is someone who you can always rely on. She will do anything for anyone and regularly goes beyond the call of duty.
“I have known Lesley for 11 years and will miss her very much. Lesley has an ability to make everyone feel welcome and at ease in her kitchen. Everyone at Kirklees Catering Service – in particular myself – wish her well in her retirement.”
Head teacher Robert Lamb presented her with gifts from the school.