Littleborough’s beloved school crossing patrol officer, Jacqueline Robinson, is being celebrated for her remarkable 35 years of dedicated service.
35 years of dedicated service
Since 1988, Jacqueline has been ensuring the safety of children at Stansfield Hall Primary School, becoming a familiar face and an unsung community hero in the process.
In a heartwarming surprise, Councillor Shah Wazir, cabinet member for highways and facilities at Rochdale Borough Council, visited Jacqueline during her afternoon shift to personally express her gratitude for her outstanding contributions.
A Littleborough Local Legend
Councillor Wazir described her as a “local legend in Littleborough” and commended her for being the longest-serving school crossing patrol officer in the area.
Jacqueline, now 75 years old, never expected her temporary role to become a lifelong commitment.
Initially, she agreed to help out until a replacement could be found, but over the years, she grew to love her job and the community she served.
With an exemplary record and a warm smile for everyone she meets, Jacqueline has become an integral part of countless residents’ lives, having watched generations of children grow up.
Reflecting on her remarkable achievement, Jacqueline expressed her surprise at the passing of 35 years: “The years have gone by so quickly; it doesn’t feel like that long.
“I like making myself useful, keeping busy, and I’ve grown to love the job.”
Stansfield Hall Primary School
Her dedication extends beyond her crossing patrol duties, as she also works at the school as a lunchtime organiser between her morning and afternoon shifts.
Jacqueline’s impact goes far beyond the immediate safety she ensures for the children.
She has built lasting connections with families and drivers alike, recognising parents who were once students at Stansfield Hall Primary School and now entrust their own children’s safety to her care.
Her friendly demeanour and commitment to her role have won her the respect and admiration of the community.
While Jacqueline looks forward to the summer break and spending quality time with her loved ones and her beloved dog, retirement is not on her horizon.
She eagerly anticipates returning to work, missing the children’s smiles and the school community’s camaraderie. Her dedication and enthusiasm remain unwavering.
As the council continues to seek new school crossing patrol officers to fill vacancies, Jacqueline wholeheartedly recommends the job to others.
She encourages anyone who believes the hours would suit them to try it, assuring them that they will quickly become accustomed to the role.
Jacqueline emphasises the majority of drivers’ courtesy and respect, acknowledging the support she receives from her supervisor, Nicola, and the council’s provision of uniforms and necessary equipment.
In the upcoming autumn, Jacqueline will play a significant role in the council’s social media campaign promoting road safety around schools.
Her involvement aims to raise awareness and reduce the number of drivers who fail to stop, ensuring the protection of children during their daily commute.
The campaign’s launch coincides with a momentous occasion—the platinum jubilee anniversary of school crossing patrol services across the country.
As Littleborough celebrates Jacqueline’s incredible 35-year milestone, the nation commemorates 70 years of dedicated service by school crossing patrol officers, whose commitment continues to make our roads safer for children.
Littleborough owes a debt of gratitude to Jacqueline Robinson, a true legend whose dedication and love for her community have touched the lives of countless individuals.
Her remarkable achievement is a testament to the profound impact one person can have on a community, making her an inspiration to all!