Jill works come rain or sunshine

Lollipop lady, Jill Sykes, receiving flowers from Althorpe and Keadby Primary School pupils having served for 25 years. Picture: Andrew Kershaw
Lollipop lady, Jill Sykes, receiving flowers from Althorpe and Keadby Primary School pupils having served for 25 years. Picture: Andrew Kershaw
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Jill Sykes (54) of Lincoln Gardens in Crowle has been helping children from Althorpe and Keadby Primary School for a quarter of a century - whatever the weather.

She says: “I have had to go out in all weathers but I like the job, it’s nice to be able to chat to the children in a morning.”

Jill took up the post when she lived in Keadby and her daughter, Elizabeth Booth, now aged 29, started at the school.

She said: “It’s funny now though as I am now seeing my four-year-old grandson Rhys, Elizabeth’s son, across the road.”

Elizabeth and Rhys, also live in Keadby.

And Jill added it was nice to see children who she used to help cross the road now taking their own children to the school.

To mark her 25 years service pupils from the school presented Jill with a bouquet of flowers at a special assembly.

Being a lollipop lady takes up 6.6 hours of her week and the rest of her time she likes to help out her self employed partner when she can.