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Last patrol for lollipop man

PUBLISHED: 20:45 14 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:47 05 July 2010

A FAMILIAR face at one of the busiest crossings in Suffolk has called a halt on motorists for the last time.

For the past 12 years David Bucknole has braved all weathers to cross children and parents safely to school and work in Lowestoft.

A FAMILIAR face at one of the busiest crossings in Suffolk has called a halt on motorists for the last time.

For the past 12 years David Bucknole has braved all weathers to cross children and parents safely to school and work in Lowestoft.

As Suffolk County Council's crossing patrol assistant at the Elm Tree Road crossing, Mr Bucknole has seen thousands of children use the crossing facility over the years.

And judging by the stacks of gifts, cards and good luck messages from children and families, the 77-year-old - who retired on Friday - will be sorely missed.

“The children who cross here go on to Elm Tree Primary, Elm Tree Middle, Dell Primary, Whitton Green Primary and Kirkley High School - so it is a very busy crossing,” Mr Bucknole told The Journal. “They say its one of the busiest in Suffolk.”

After retiring from full-time work as a shipwright, Mr Bucknole went on to work during school time as the crossing patrol assistant. With his shift from 8am to 9am and 3.25pm to 4pm, he revealed “it had been a pleasure” to work at the crossing and look after the children.

“I have to say that the children who cross here are the greatest in Lowestoft,” he said. “They are a credit to their mums, dads and grandparents.”

And given the amount of respect shown to Mr Bucknole, with the amount of presents he received, there was mutual admiration.

“I'm absolutely overwhelmed by it all - I never thought it would be like this,” he said.

As a committee member of the Lowestoft Cine and Camcorder Club, Mr Bucknole is now looking forward to devoting more time to making films - after spending 40 years developing this passion.

“The club is now on the point of completing the film about the restoration of the Lydia Eva and this will soon go on sale,” he said. “It will be one of the best amateur films made in this area.”

Reflecting on his time at the busy crossing - close to the roundabout - Mr Bucknole added: “The motorists here have been absolutely wonderful and I've not had any trouble with them. I've done a job here for the love of the children - and I can't praise them enough.”

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