PUPILS and parents of a Gresford school are delighted following the appointment of their new lollipop man.
In October 2016, All Saints School in School Hill launched an appeal to find a new crossing guard after searching for someone to fill the role for a year.
Mum-of-two Michelle Lewis, treasurer of the school’s Home School Association, said she was delighted that following the appeal a number of applicants came forward, one of which – 69-year-old Ray Sommer from Rhosddu – has taken up the post.
Lollipop man Ray Sommer with pupils Callum Marsden, Harriet Redmond, Bob Lewis and Bryony Jones
She said: “Gresford Community Council agreed to fund a lollipop man and we put an advert on Wrexham Council’s website.
“Then we had an article in the Leader and we had about six or seven applications.
“He is an absolute godsend, he has completely changed the mornings. Traffic has slowed down and it feels so much safer.
“We don’t feel stressed or anxious crossing the road now, people drive slower because he is so bright and visible and they know he can step out at any time.”
Mr Sommer told the Leader: “I’m very pleased that I am serving the community of Gresford.
“I’ve had many comments from parents to say how much easier it is now, they are really pleased about a person being there to get them safely across the road.
“I’ve only had one disgruntled motorist since I started on February 1 but it’s give and take, that’s just life.”
Glyn Williams, head teacher at the school, said: “The positioning was very important because it has allowed children and parents that are crossing quite a busy road to do so safely, where before it was a blind bend.
“The impact initially has been very good – he has been lovely with the children and having motorists see that high-vis jacket on the corner that they don’t recognise, it has been a deterrent.
“It is about making sure children can cross safely when they come in during the morning and when they go home in the afternoon.”
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