Firm helps keep lollipop lady at the school gate

A town’s lollipop lady has been saved after a firm stepped in to contribute half of the funds needed to keep her on patrol.

Barbara Buckle had bid an emotional farewell to schoolchildren at Oundle Primary School because of county council funding cuts.

Oundle Town Council had been funding Barbara for the past two years, but was unable to do so again this year without support.

And Waterland Associates, a firm of architects in the town, decided it would help meet the shortfall.

Principal architect David Smith said: “A lollipop lady is a real symbol of how much a community cares for its children and we are happy to help the town provide this important service.”

Marketing manager Rachel Hatt said: “I have a son at the primary school and the children were crying and hugging Barbara [on her last day].

“She’s a popular member of the community. She used to run the youth club for years and she’s always around the town.”