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Dreams come true for long-serving lollipop lady 29 September 2006

For 25 years, Sylvia Beynon has been helping youngsters cross the road outside Andreas School.

And of all the thousands of cars that she has had to stop during that time, she’s only ever dreamed of having a ride in one kind – a classic steam car.

So, on Tuesday, October 3, to mark a quarter of a century service as a school crossing patrol, the Department is arranging for Sylvia to be picked up at home by a 1904 Turner-Miesse steam-powered car, owned by Chris Wedgewood, of Ramsey, and driven to Andreas School, where she will be presented with a barometer – to mark her exemplary service, in all weather conditions!

Sylvia lives in Andreas and is an integral part of school life, as head teacher Shirley Smith explained:

"She’s not only our lollipop lady – she is a dinner lady, she goes away with the school trips off-Island and she brightens up the school with her flower arrangements."
"Sylvia is also very good at the hot dogs for our summer fair, makes things for our Christmas fair and generally helps out at all our annual events. I really don’t know how she has time to fit all these things into a day. Sylvia is great with the children and they all know her well, as do the staff – she keeps the teachers in order when they go on the school trips!"

The Road Safety Unit operates 33 school crossing patrols around the Island, in both towns and country areas, with another four relief patrols ready to cover for sudden absence in all areas. The patrols are on duty in all weathers, two or three times a day during term times. Former Head Teachers and retired teachers from the school have been invited to Sylvia’s presentation to join Ayre MHK Eddie Teare and Department member Captain Andrew Douglas in celebrating her 25 years not out.

Vivienne Moore, school crossing patrol Supervisor, said:

"The role of school crossing patrol is extremely important in the community. They are the friendly face of road safety, teaching children how to cross the road safely from a very early age and we value people like Sylvia very much."

Gordon Edwards, the DoT’s Road Safety Manager, added:

"On behalf of the Island’s road users I would like to thank Sylvia for her exemplary service – and long may she continue!"

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