She is one of our sweetest community figures.

But now veteran lollipop lady Corrin Pearson is hanging up her stick after a proud 34 years service in Lindley.

A familiar, “friendly” and smiling face, Corrin, 65, has been helping Lindley Junior School and Lindley CE Infant School pupils cross Lidget, East and West Streets safely for over a third of a century.

Her decision to take on the role was all thanks to the police, who recommended she take the post after the previous worker left.

Lindley lollipop lady Corrin Pearson with pupils of Lindley Junior School
Lindley lollipop lady Corrin Pearson with pupils of Lindley Junior School

“I live in Netherton and had been quite active in the community through being a Cub Scout mistress and a Beaver leader”, said Corrin.

“One day I got a call from the police who asked if I would take on the role.

“I said yes initially because having the school holidays off meant that I could spend more time with my own children, who had just started at a local school and it became my main job.”

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Since she started, Corrin has helped thousands of youngsters, some of whom have even gone on to have their own children who attend the same schools.

“It’s a bit weird at first when you see them grown up with their own child”, said Corrin.

“But it’s lovely to see the different generations together– you almost feel like part of the family and I’ll miss everyone.

“I think I’ve done a good job!”

She was treated to a special send off by the schools, who held a special assembly in her honour before she flies out to Canada to see her daughter.

She enjoyed poems written by the pupils and was presented with a bouquet.

Talking about Corrin’s efforts, Rachael Warden of the school said: “She is a lovely, friendly lady who always has a smile whatever the weather.”