Lollipop lady Coral clocks up 40 years of keeping kids safe

White House Primary School Hailsham congratulated their Lollipop lady Coral Whyman on 40 years at work. Pupils presented her with a Lollipop sign they made for her. Feb 13th 2013 E07216P
White House Primary School Hailsham congratulated their Lollipop lady Coral Whyman on 40 years at work. Pupils presented her with a Lollipop sign they made for her. Feb 13th 2013 E07216P

After four decades at the school Coral Whyman didn’t think the pupils could shock her any more - but the lollipop lady was stunned by a surprise assembly this week.

Pupils and teachers held a special assembly at Whitehouse Primary to mark Mrs Whyman’s 40th year serving the Hailsham school.

The long-standing member of the school was presented with flowers and cards by the children to mark the occasion on February 13.

In turn the school crossing patrol stalwart handed all 158 pupils in the school a lollipop.

Mrs Whyman is now crossing the children of the children she originally crossed when she started in 1973.

But the 65-year-old has no plans to quit yet, joking that most lollipop ladies do not start the job until they are her age.

The great-grandmother said, “I love the job and I love helping the children they are lovely and tell me all sorts of things and we have a laugh and a joke and they are so polite.

“I was a bit surprised with the assembly, but as long as I didn’t cry I was alright, but it was a bit emotional.”

Headteacher Heather Baldwin praised her efforts over the years and said she was an “integral” part of the school.