Village thanks lollipop lady

Thank you...Cynthia Mills gets a bouquet from pupils.

Thank you...Cynthia Mills gets a bouquet from pupils.

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LOLLIPOP lady Cynthia Mills is more than just a familiar face to the schoolchildren of Long Melford.

After nearly 30 years of stopping the traffic, she’s well known not only to the current generation – but also to parents, who recall her helping them to cross the road when they were small.

And to show the whole village’s appreciation, Mrs Mills, 83, was presented with a basket of flowers from the school, playgroup and Long Melford parish council.

County and parish councillor Richard Kemp said: “Mrs Mills has been a real stalwart in this key position. With the threat of being made redundant, it has been very stressful for her. She has been 28 years in the job.”

Children at Long Melford primary school came up with the idea of expressing their gratitude with flowers.

Suffolk County Council will axe 62 lollipop patrols at 98 schools this July to save £174,000 a year.

Thanks to locality budget funding, Cynthia’s job is secure until April, 2012, as are lollipop patrols in Great Cornard and Sudbury, also thanks to councillors’ locality budgets.