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Memorial to lollipop man installed in village near Lichfield

lollipopA memorial bench has been installed near Lichfield as a tribute to a much-loved lollipop man.

Ron Hareford, who died in December 2008, had served Abbots Bromley for 14 years. And now local schoolchildren and members of the community have come together to pay tribute to him.

To show their appreciation for Mr Hareford’s long and dedicated service, local residents have now bought a commemorative bench in his honour.

Leader of Staffordshire County Council Philip Atkins, who is also the local member for Abbots Bromley, said:

“Mr Hareford was a very well respected member of the village and was 100 per cent committed to his role as a school crossing patrol warden. His friendly personality and kind nature meant that he was well loved by the pupils, their parents and the wider community.”

To raise funds for the bench, pupils at Richard Clarke First School – where Mr Hareford ran his crossing – held a none uniform day as well as joining youngsters at Oldfield’s Hall Middle School and Tom Thumb Nursery in collecting donations from their friends and families.

The Abbots Bromley RISES scheme, funded by East Staffordshire Borough Council, was also keen to support the fundraising efforts and donated £440 through its Waste and Recycling Scheme which aims to improve the local environment and support worthy causes. Staffordshire Highways, part of Staffordshire County Council, has installed the bench at the Butter Cross for free as a good will gesture.

The location of the bench is a focal point in the village as well as being the place where Mr Hareford used to meet the children before escorting them across the road to class.

Cllr Atkins added:

“I am pleased that Staffordshire Highways has supported the local residents in their desire to pay tribute to Mr Hareford by installing this commemorative bench free of charge. It is in pride of place in the village and will be a constant reminder of a greatly missed resident who spent many years of his life putting the safety of our children first.”

Headteacher at Richard Clarke First School Amanda Shaw added:

“Mr Hareford was extremely committed to his role as lollipop man and always greeted children, parents and staff with a friendly smile. He was part of the school’s extended family and we still miss him. Mrs Crooks has now taken over the vital role and is following in Mr Hareford’s footsteps as a popular member of the community.”

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1 Comment

  1. Christopher

    9th March, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    I wonder if having a lollipop fundraiser in his name would be successful. It’d be a great tribute to everything he’s done for the school.