We won’t let you go
Thursday 23rd January 2014 11:21 Community Posted by Max Wieland
TAKING A STAND: Lollipop Lady Denise Howard sees young pupils across the busy A628, who certainly don't want to lose her. So far almost 500 people have signed a petition at the school to protect her post.

TAKING A STAND: Lollipop Lady Denise Howard sees young pupils across the busy A628, who certainly don’t want to lose her. So far almost 500 people have signed a petition at the school to protect her post.

Almost 500 people have signed a primary school’s petition to keep their lollipop lady.

Changes in funding mean schools all over Tameside could risk losing their crossing patrols.

But at Hollingworth Primary – which sits alongside the traffic snarled Market Street – everyone is clear.

They want their crossing warden Denise Howard, who been shepherding children safely to and from school for 15 years, to stay put.

Denise, who could be made redundant in a couple of months because of the funding changes, said: “If ever a road needed a lollipop lady, then it is this one.

“It’s the A628 which takes traffic, including heavy lorries, between Manchester and Sheffield.

“Drivers come off the motorway and take a short cut through here.

“Without someone to see children across, it could be very dangerous.”

The changes in funding mean that’s a question facing schools all over Tameside.

On Tuesday St George’s CofE Primary School in Mossley invited parents to a special meeting of its own to see how it could fund its crossing patrol.

You can read more on this story in this weeks Tameside Reporter (January 23 edition.)