By Marios Loizou
Lollipop Lady is woman who is employed to help children cross the road safely near a school by holding up a circular sign on a pole to stop the traffic.
Example sentences: -挿Road improvements have been promised after a lollipop lady was knocked down outside a school.筑
挿Do you know a lollipop lady who helps your children get to school safely who should be honoured?筑
Lollipop man and gross misconduct
Among this year's Queen's Birthday Honours are no fewer than three lollipop ladies. Libby Ramsay has been a lollipop lady in East Renfrewshire for 28 years, and Ann Conway has been shepherding children to school in Solihull for 40 years. The other lollipop lady to be made an MBE is Janet Dean, 70, who has been helping children cross safely to Heswall primary school in Wirral for 33 years. "And I haven't lost one yet," she says. "When I started, I was helping my children cross the road to the school; now I'm crossing my grandchildren over. I love working with children. It's always fun." Even when it's raining? "Oh, I don't mind. I remember when we had really bad winters, I would have to dig a path with my lollipop."
A cabinet office spokesman can't say how many lollipop ladies have been honoured to date, but admits, "They do seem to crop up every year. They are exactly the sort of unsung person we like to recognise." Since 1993, anyone has been able to nominate someone who they think deserves an honour and this has resulted in more local heroes - often including hospital porters, school dinner ladies, cleaners and, yes, lollipop ladies - making an appearance.
It could be said that being a lollipop lady (or "school crossing patroller" to give them their politically correct name) is one of the easiest routes to an MBE, but think about it for a minute. For a start, you must like children enough - even the horrid ones - not to want them to get run over. You have to get up early and stand outside in the rain. Cars are dangerous, obviously (a lollipop lady was killed in Cleethorpes in 2003 in a road accident) and they have even been warned about becoming victims of road rage (described as "lollipop aggression psychological disorder" by the RAC, though this does sound more like someone who goes wild with a Chupa Chup). All this and you have to do it for decades before you can even think about buying a new dress to meet the Queen. "It is nice to be recognised," says Dean, "but I have loved every minute of the job."
''Lollipop lady will set you back £55,000, parents told''
When there was a series of near misses on the road outside their children’s school, a group of parents decided to hire their own lollipop lady.
They contacted the council, making clear that they would foot the bill themselves, but were sent back a demand for £55,000.
Essex county council said it would require an initial set-up fee of £46,842, plus £8,342 a year to cover running costs for a lollipop lady near Tollesbury School in Tollesbury.
Sarah Case, whose five-year-old son Fraser attends the primary school, said: “We were flabbergasted by the costs and it’s all for someone who is paid in the region of £7.50 an hour and works seven and a half hours a week.
“We really just want to make people aware of the ridiculous sum of money the county council wants to protect our children.”
Mrs Case, from Tolleshunt Major, added: “We had people volunteering to help the children cross the road, but they said the general public aren’t allowed to do it.”
Parents offered to pay for a lollipop lady after the county council said that traffic near the school did not meet the criteria for a lollipop lady.
The campaigners claim that there have been several near misses, including one last week.
David Milligan, head teacher of the school, said: “We have 210 children who cross the road twice a day. We believe action is needed.”
Mrs Case said she has been campaigning for a lollipop lady for a year, adding that she hopes the intervention of their Conservative MP, Priti Patel, could lead to the council reducing its set-up fee.
Campaigners are also seeking donations from local businesses towards the costs.
A spokesman for the council said: “We have sought to listen to residents through introducing a facility for local communities to self-fund school crossing patrols where a site does not meet our policy.
“We sympathise with parents regarding the costs, although these represent the financial commitment required for this type of activity. These costs include installation, any necessary safety enhancements, recruitment and training costs.”
The concept is used in literary texts:
Central television news scripts
...into Oxford. Officially statistics suggest there are no more cars in the city than there were back in the seventies. But most of those who live here find that difficult to believe. A lollipop man has been ordered to stop helping pensioners across the road because he's breaking the law. He's been told he can do it legally only if he takes his uniform off first. He says the law is disgusting. # TIM HURST/Gloucester # JOHN WRAY/Lollipop Man # RICHARD SMITH/Road Safety Manager Voice over John Wray, who's 77, has been a lollipop man for three years, escorting schoolchildren across Stroud Road in Gloucester. Like a policeman, he has the right to stop the traffic, but only for children, not adults. Now he's been told to stop doing a good turn for pensioners and others who otherwise have to wait minutes for a gap in the traffic. Road safety experts say they're not to blame, it's the law. Only policeman, traffic wardens and lollipop patrols with children can stop the traffic. The same rule …