Sidmouth lollipop man Bill bounces back from injury

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Picture by Simon Horn.

Bill Valentine-Ref shs 1113-09-10SH Picture by Simon Horn. - Credit: Archant

A LOLLIPOP man in Sidmouth can’t wait to get back to work on Monday after making a speedy recovery from a running injury that left him out of action for weeks.

Bill Valentine, 63, has recovered from keyhole surgery on his knee sooner than expected – but fears he may be forced to give up his hobby of nearly half-a-century.

He said the wear and tear injury was most likely age-related and is waiting to hear from specialists if he can ever run again.

“I started running when I was 15,” said Bill, who was expected to be off work for around three weeks – causing Sidmouth Primary School to issue a plea for crossing patrol cover - but is raring to return after a fortnight.

Bill, who looks out for the safety of youngsters at the Woolbrook Road site, said: “I’ve missed the kids and parents and hate to think they haven’t had anybody there – it’s such a dangerous road.”