School Crossing Patrol Celebrates Jubilee

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Shetland's school crossing patrols have been awarded badges and certificates to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the service.

School crossing patrols were introduced by the School Crossing Patrol Act in 1953, with the first official patrol starting work in 1954. Since then the uniform and sign have changed to meet modern standards, and patrols can now stop traffic to enable any pedestrian to cross the road. The service celebrates its Diamond Jubilee in 2013, and Road Safety GB has commissioned a special commemorative badge and certificate to mark this important milestone.

Shetland has the most northerly patrols in Britain with two each at Bells Brae and Sound primaries, both in Lerwick.

The Convener of Shetland Islands Council, Malcolm Bell, said: "I am delighted to award these certificates and badges to our very dedicated and essential school crossing patrol officers. These officers are an essential part of our responsibility to keep our children safe and it's important to be mindful of them as they go about their work."

Photograph shows (left to right):

George Webster (Sound School 1 year service)
Sandra Moar (Sound school 10 years service)
Anne Brock (Relief patrol at Bells Brae)
Convener Malcolm Bell
Kathryn Gillie (Bells Brae 9 years service)
Jean Stewart (Bells Brae 9 years service)
Anne Amedro (Relief patrol at Bells Brae)