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Eirlys, aged 86, hangs up her lollipop stick after 25 years

For more than 25 years Eirlys Morgan has been making sure children in Brynmill get to school and home again safely.

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But now having reached the age of 86 she has finally decided to hang-up her lollipop stick.

Eirlys has manned the same crossing opposite the Rhyddings Pub come rain, shine, sleet or snow since October 1994.

During all that time thanks to her vigilant eye and no nonsense approach with motorists there has not been a single accident on her watch.

To mark her final day on patrol she was the guest of honour at an assembly at Brynmill Primary School.

Some of the children wrote and read out poems in tribute to a lady they described as "Brynmill's best friend."

Pupils, parents, staff from both Brynmill Primary and nearby Ysgol Gymraeg Bryn y Mor presented her with cards, presents and flowers during her final week.

Local councillors have also arranged for her to attend a thank-you tea with Swansea's Lord Mayor.

Eirlys said: "It is the children I will miss the most but I'm starting to slow down.

"I was here when some of the mothers who now bring their children to school were pupils themselves.

"I don't always remember their names but I always remember their faces."

Not only does Eirlys keep the children safe - every Christmas she buys them sweets and lollypops as a treat.

Having previously worked for ICI, Swansea University and others, Eirlys only intended to do the crossing patrol job for a year so she could take her family on holiday.

After a brief stint in Tycoch she moved to the crossing at Brynmill which is near to her home and has been there ever since.

While many will miss Eirlys's cheery morning welcoming she said some drivers will be glad to see the back of her, because she's not shy when it comes to telling them off for driving too fast up the hill.

Brynmill Primary headteacher Jo Simons said: "Eirlys is known to thousands of children who have attended Brynmill Primary School over the years and we are sad to see her retire but everyone at the school wishes her well."

Cllr Jennifer Raynor, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, said: "I would like to thank Eirlys for her many years of service and hope she enjoys her retirement."

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