Sidmouth lollipop man scoops award

PUBLISHED: 18:53 29 July 2009 | UPDATED: 09:47 18 June 2010

A LOLLIPOP man from a Sidmouth school is to be presented with a Long Service Award. William Valentine, a well-known face at All Saints Infant School, will receive a silver award for ten years of dedication and service. A Devon County Council school crossi

A LOLLIPOP man from a Sidmouth school is to be presented with a Long Service Award.

William Valentine, a well-known face at All Saints Infant School, will receive a silver award for ten years of dedication and service.

A Devon County Council school crossing awards ceremony took place in Exeter on Wednesday but Mr Valentine was unable to attend.

A spokesperson for DCC confirmed Mr Valentine will receive his distinction at a later date.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: "Our lollipop men and women provide a safe crossing place for schoolchildren right across the county. It's a vital role and they fulfil their duties admirably, often in all sorts of weather conditions. Well done to all of those receiving an award."

Over the years Mr Valentine, also a keen runner, has helped with a number of events and activities at the school.

In 2006 he lived up to his name and made a heart-shaped cake for 90 children who attended a Valentine disco at the school.

Apart from regularly making cakes for the disco, he has also helped out with road awareness days by giving a talk to the children in conjunction with the police.

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