We are delighted and proud to report that TSS lollipop lady Pam Pearson has been awarded the British Empire Medal in recognition of her long standing service, helping children get to school safely. Pam received the honour in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June and was presented with her medal by the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire at an investiture ceremony at Tatton Park on 7 November.
Now nearly 80, Pam still continues her crossing patrol duties for young children attending Parkroyal Community School, Macclesfield. She has been their regular lollipop lady for nearly 35 years and says she loves every minute of it. Even on bitterly cold winter mornings, this grandmother of four stops the traffic on Bond Street, a busy commuter route in the town, and is back there again in the afternoon.
Pam said: “We have a lot of protective clothing to wear, which is good in the winter but in the summer it does get a bit hot. The drivers are usually very good but the boys on bikes sometimes ignore me. “I was encouraged to take it up by a policeman neighbour of mine. That was more than 40 years ago. Receiving the medal from the Lord Lieutenant was wonderful. The whole thing was just out of this world.”
TSS Chair Councillor Gail Wait, said: “We are very honoured to have Pam at TSS. She takes such pride in her work and genuinely loves helping the children and community. We have some fantastic, long-serving and loyal crossing patrols but we always need more people for these fulfilling roles.” Councillor Jos Saunders, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for children and families, said: “I congratulate Mrs Pearson on her many years of loyal service. She is clearly well-deserving of this honour. “I echo Gail’s words – that we need more people like Mrs Pearson to come forward. The work of our school crossing patrols is extremely valuable to us and to the children and parents involved.” Head teacher at Parkroyal Community School, Caroline Beaumont, also wished to extend a huge ‘Parkroyal thank you’ to Pam for the invaluable services she has provided to families over the years.
The British Empire Medal was introduced by King George V in 1917 and was awarded to people who had contributed outstanding services during the war effort. It was reintroduced as part of the Queen’s birthday celebrations in 2012.
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