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|Title:||Doncaster Lollipops celebrate Diamond 60 years|
|ID & Publication:||20131111032 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
|Subject:||Community News |
Doncaster’s School Crossing Patrol Service this year celebrates 60 years of helping our children cross the road safely.
The Service, which was founded locally in 1953, has 56 crossing sites and employs staff across the Borough.
The Mayor will be inviting all serving Wardens into the Civic Office on Tuesday 3rd December to celebrate their achievements.
‘The School Crossing service is a vital part of community life’ said Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones. ‘These men and women seek to ensure our children are safe as they cross the road, for which our thanks go to them’.
School Crossing Patrol Wardens first appeared in the United States in the 1920s, and reached the UK in 1945, when they were trialled in Dagenham and other parts of London. The School Crossing Patrol Act 1953 officially recognised school crossing patrols as an entity, meaning they would operate throughout the country, and not just in London.
The School Crossing Patrol Act decreed that any authorised person could stop traffic in order to help children cross the road. Traffic not stopping for a warden could be fined £5 in 1953. Today that could be up to £1000 and 3 penalty points on your licence.
The familiar round ‘lollipop’ sign was introduced in 1960, and this is where the lollipop men and women get their name from. The Service received extra powers in 2001, allowing them to cross adults as well as children.
‘I look forward to thanking the staff personally at the Civic Office’ said Mayor Jones. ‘Some of our staff have been serving for over 35 years, and some have been honoured by being awarded the MBE’.
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