Lollipop man is fired for remark

Colin Thompson, lollipop man at Burlington Junior School, has been sacked for making inappropriate comments.
Colin Thompson, lollipop man at Burlington Junior School, has been sacked for making inappropriate comments.

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.

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”.

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.”