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Pat’s your lot - long-standing patrol crosses kids for the last time

05 February 2018

Patricia Devall holding flowers.

After over 15 years escorting children and families across busy Rochdale junctions, school crossing patrol officer, Patricia Devall, is hanging up her lollipop.

Patricia has been a popular face amongst school children and families each morning and afternoon. Friday, 26 January 2018 saw Pat cross kids over the road for the final time. She was presented with flowers as many children and families wished her well in her retirement.

'This is the best job I have ever had and I have absolutely loved it'

Speaking of her time as a crossing officer, Patricia said: “This is the best job I have ever had and I have absolutely loved it. My daughters have always said this isn’t a job, it’s a social life. I have been part of the community and I will really miss the kids.” 

Councillor Neil Emmott, cabinet member for environment, said: “What an achievement for Patricia to do over 15 years. She has provided a crucial safety role, in all weathers, and she will have been a key part of so many people’s fond school memories. I hope she enjoys her well earned retirement.” 

The council currently provides 44 crossing patrols across the borough. All through the school year, come rain or shine, they brave the elements to ensure children and families cross the road safely to and from school.

  • To register your interest in becoming a school crossing patrol officer, contact 01706 925762.