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School crossing patrol celebrates 40 years’ service

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A school crossing patrol in Stourbridge is celebrating 40 years’ service and vows to keep doing the job she loves.

Shirley Chance, aged 68 from Wollaston, has served hundreds if not thousands of families in the four decades she has served as a school crossing patrol outside Gig Mill Primary School.

Dudley Council’s road safety team recently presented Shirley with flowers to mark the occasion and say thank you.

Councillor Shaz Saleem, cabinet member for highways and public realm, said:

I would like to congratulate and thank Shirley for completing 40 years’ service and dedicating so much of her life to serving local families and the school. Shirley is one of a number of school crossing patrols doing a sterling job to keep children and young people safe as they make their way to school in our borough.

On her 40-year achievement, Shirley added:

I love my job. It makes me happy to see the children and their families every morning and afternoon as they make their way to school and back. It’s been a privilege to serve families in the local community for such a long time. It gives me great joy when I see grown-ups who I remember as children and are now parents and walking their own children to school. I plan to keep doing what I love for as long as possible.

Dudley Council is currently recruiting for school crossing patrols. Further details can be found at 

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