Love and lollipop sticks keep couple together

Lollipop man and wife team Pat and Jim Heathcote, aged 69 and 72, of Stocksbridge.

Lollipop man and wife team Pat and Jim Heathcote, aged 69 and 72, of Stocksbridge.

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A husband and wife duo who both work as school crossing wardens are marking their second year helping youngsters stay safe.

Retired steelworker James Heathcote, 72, has spent 15 years guiding pupils of Stocksbridge Junior School across the road every morning and afternoon, while Pat, 68, serves Stocksbridge Infants and Nursery nearby.

This month marks the 60th anniversary of the lollipop man - and woman - being introduced in the UK.

James said: “I really enjoy it, I’m loathe to pack it up. It keeps me going helping the children. You get a lot more parents driving to drop their kids off these days, so there’s a lot more traffic around.

Certificates will be dished out to Pat, James and other school crossing patrol wardens in Sheffield as part of the diamond anniversary.