09:00AM, Saturday 05 June 2021
Gilbert Fryer and Cllr Steven Broadbent, Bucks Council cabinet member for transport
Smiles and tears were the order of the day at Carrington Infant and Junior Schools as pupils and staff bid farewell to a beloved friend.
School crossing patroller Gilbert Fryer – known as Gilly – is retiring aged 92, having seen young pupils safely into school for nearly 20 years.
Gilly started as a school crossing patroller at the Carrington schools in 2004 when his own grandchildren were there, and he’s stayed ever since.
Born in High Wycombe in 1928, he did national service with the RAF.
The schools recently held a special assembly in his honour and presented Gilly with a lollipop cake and a cash collection.
He donated the cash back to the schools and asked that the money be used to purchase two rainbow-coloured ‘Gilly benches’.
Speaking outside the school gates, Gilly said: “Over the years, I’ve had a fantastic time as a school crossing patroller, and I’ve loved setting the children up for their day with a smile.
“I’ve also been fortunate that the job gave me the opportunity to meet the Queen and Prince Charles. For anyone considering taking this role, I recommend they snap it up.”
Police were called to the River Thames between Cookham and Bourne End yesterday at about 3pm, to reports that a teenage boy had entered the water but hadn’t been seen to leave.