Farewell to Colin the lollipop man

Colin Thompson was sacked by East Riding of Yorkshire Coucnil
Colin Thompson was sacked by East Riding of Yorkshire Coucnil

A popular lollipop man has been sacked for allegedly making inappropriate comments to a female pupil.

Pensioner Colin Thompson spent four years as Burlington Junior School’s lollipop man.

Colin was a popular face for youngsters and parents alike

Colin was a popular face for youngsters and parents alike

But all that came to an end after his employer, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, sacked him for comments he insists were “innocent”.

Colin, 71, said he told the girl that she “scrubbed up well out of uniform” and that she would “break some hearts when you’re a bit older”.

He believes that the parent who overhead his remarks and reported him to his employers had “taken umbrage” with his comments.

Speaking to the Bridlington Free Press in June, Mr Thompson said he was “gutted”.

A petition set up by furious parents generated hundreds of signatures in support of Colin

A petition set up by furious parents generated hundreds of signatures in support of Colin

He added: “I thought ‘what have I done?’ I should be re-instated – it’s a slur on my name.”

Mr Thompson’s suspension sparked outrage with hundreds of parents, who campaigned for Mr Thompson’s return.

And a petition with more than 500 signatures - demanding that the lollipop stalwart be returned - was also handed into County Hall, Beverley.

But their efforts were to no avail, and East Riding of Yorkshire Council have remained tight-lipped on their handling of Colin’s dismissal.

In their 24-word explanation, a council spokesman said: “As this is an employment issue it is therefore confidential and has been dealt with in accordance with the council’s employment policies and procedures.”