School’s farewell to John after 17 years

A PRIMARY school has said a fond farewell to its lollipop man after 17 years of service.

Crossing patrol officer John Pitt has retired after helping thousands of pupils and parents get safely to and from Frenchay Primary School, both at its old Churchside site, next to Frenchay Common, and new one on the former hospital site.

Acting deputy head Helen Shepherd said: “John has been out helping children, parents, dog walkers and cyclists cross Beckspool Road safely come rain or shine.

“He has seen many changes over the years, not least the change from the old school site on the common to the new site on Alexander Road.

“He says he has always loved his job and will greatly miss the children and families he sees every day.”

An assembly was held to thank you to John, with children reading out poems they had written for him and sharing their memories of him. 

He was then given gifts and cards from staff and parents. 

Mrs Shepherd added: “John has been a fantastic member of the Frenchay team and will be sorely missed. We all wish him the best for his retirement.”