lollipopLollipop men and women from all over Medway gathered to mark 60 years of safer road crossings.

The School Crossing Patrol service at Medway Council marked the anniversary with a giant coffee morning at Gun Wharf, Chatham on 15 April, inviting 20 school crossing patrols to join in the celebrations.

Teams up and down the country were involved in the national event and all received a badge and certificate produced by Road Safety GB to remember the milestone.
There are currently 42 crossing patrols helping pedestrians to cross Medway’s roads and this number is continuing to rise.

Since the council’s road safety team took over the service it has further improved its effectiveness through increased monitoring and training, and staff are now dressed in new warmer hi-vis uniforms.

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Front Line Services, Phil Filmer said: “While aspects of the service, such as the uniform have changed to meet modern standards, the role is essentially the same today as it was 60 years ago.

“The need for patrols will remain as long as children walk to school and cross busy roads, they are an important part of the community.”