A LONG-SERVING dinner lady has retired after nearly three decades of school service.
During her 29 years at St Joseph's RC School, Dalton, Margaret Hutton was a kitchen supervisor, a cleaner and a caretaker, as well as lunchtime supervisor.
Mrs Hutton, 65, of Dalton, said: "Over the years I have seen the children's diet change dramatically to more healthy alternatives. It used to be set meals, but now they have a wide choice.
"I have always enjoyed my work at the school and had a great relationship with the staff and children.
"Now I am retiring I am looking forward to some leisure. But in April I will be a grandma, so I will be taking on the role of carer for a few days a week.
"While I am looking forward to retiring I will miss all the company and the children at the school."
Year 6 teacher Andrew McDermott said: "Margaret involved herself in a lot of voluntary work in classes, particularly baking classes which both the children and staff have thoroughly enjoyed - especially the tasting!
"Margaret was a very warm-hearted, popular member of the school community and will be greatly missed."
During a special assembly to mark her retirement pupils presented her with cards and gifts.