West Dorset Lollipop Men And Women Celebrate 60 Years Of Road Safety
11:03am 28th April 2013
The people who help school children safely cross the road every day have been honoured for their years of service in West Dorset.
Lollipop ladies and lollipop men, have been celebrating 60 years in the job.
To commemorate this achievement Road Safety GB, the patrol's national body, has commissioned a special badge and certificate for all school crossing patrol officers.
Rob Camp, road safety officer for Dorset County Council, said:
"It is a great achievement for the service and although we have seen some changes the role is essentially the same today as it was 60 years ago. "
The idea for school crossing patrols came in the late 1940s in the London Boroughs of Dagenham and Barking when two of the newly created road safety officers recognised a growing problem with the safety of child pedestrians given the increasing volume of traffic on roads. The idea proved very popular and soon spread to other London boroughs. The service was officially created by the School Crossing Patrol Act in 1953. The first official patrol started work in 1954.