Surprise for long-serving lollipop man Wilf as youngsters sing to mark 80th birthday

Bournemouth Echo: BIRTHDAY BOY: Lollipop man Wilf is serenaded by Bournemouth  School girls BIRTHDAY BOY: Lollipop man Wilf is serenaded by Bournemouth School girls

A LONG-serving lollipop man was given a surprise present as he marked his 80th birthday yesterday.

Wilf Freeman has been helping pupils at Bournemouth School for Girls get to class safely for many years in all weathers, but yesterday morning’s duty gave him a surprise he hadn’t bargained for.

Headteacher Alistair Brien arranged for the school’s Year 8 and 9 choirs to come out and sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to him.

Wilf, who has been a lollipop man since he retired as an engineer 20 years ago, said that his upcoming birthday was mentioned in an assembly at the school before Christmas.

He added: “This morning one or two of the girls remembered and said ‘Happy Birthday’ as well.

“The headmaster came marching across the road with 20 or 30 girls and some of the office staff were there as well.

“I kept my lollipop up as well so motorists were all watching. It was a nice surprise.”

Wilf took up his role after retiring from Flight Refuelling at Wimborne.

He said: “It keeps you active rather than sitting at home and it’s quite entertaining at times – I keep up with the latest girls’ fashions.

“You get plenty of clothes, so I’m probably the driest and warmest man on Castle Lane.”

Alistair added: “Wilf is a real trooper; he’s out in all weathers to make sure that the girls are safe as they cross the road.

“I only hope that I can be as fit and active as Wilf is when I get to 80 years old.”

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10:49am Sat 1 Feb 14

muscliffman says...

80 years young - a truly professional gentleman, who has become an important and universally respected part of the Castle Lane traffic infrastructure every school day!
80 years young - a truly professional gentleman, who has become an important and universally respected part of the Castle Lane traffic infrastructure every school day! muscliffman

9:41pm Sat 1 Feb 14

O'Reilly says...

He is a lovely friendly man and I wish him many more happy years. Well done to the girls.....
He is a lovely friendly man and I wish him many more happy years. Well done to the girls..... O'Reilly

9:50pm Sat 1 Feb 14

O'Reilly says...

Just a trivia question, what is the point of the black bar underneath the STOP on his sign?
















Just a trivia question to throw out....does anybody know what the black bar
Just a trivia question, what is the point of the black bar underneath the STOP on his sign? Just a trivia question to throw out....does anybody know what the black bar O'Reilly

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