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Final patrol for lollipop Mr and Mrs from Teddington
A couple from Teddington are hanging up their lollipops in tandem after a combined 29 years patrolling the borough's zebra crossings.
Diane Dale, 76, and her husband Roy Dale, 75, took the joint decision to retire from their lollipop duties - and both are put in their last shift in the same week.
Mrs Dale, who works at St Mary's and St Peter's School in Teddington, admitted she will miss the job but said it is the right time to move on.
The Claremont Road resident said: "Me and Roy are both getting a bit ancient now so the time has probably come to retire from our jobs.
"I love the work and seeing all the children each day but am probably a bit too old to be standing out there in the rain and wind these days."
Mrs Dale said one of the benefits of hanging up her lollipop would be spending more time with her husband.
She said: "At first it will probably seem a bit strange in the mornings and in the afternoons to not be putting on my fluorescent jacket.
"But I am sure we will find things to do to fill the time."
Mrs Dale has helped the children at St Mary's and St Peter's School cross the road safely for 10 years and also helped St Catherine's School in Twickenham for a further year.
Before that her varied career included working as a teaching assistant, secretary and a dental nurse.
Mr Dale spent 17 years helping children on the zebra crossing outside Carlisle School in Hampton and his wife said she fell into the profession.
She said: "When I originally retired as a teaching assistant my head teacher handed me the forms to fill in to become a lollipop lady.
"I said 'did I even ask for it?' but I am glad he did because it has been very enjoyable."
Mrs Dale attended a special farewell assembly at the school on October 24 while Mr Dale was due to have a similar send-off at Carlisle School on October 25.
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