Lollipop man petition given to County Hall

Colin Thompson the suspended lollipop man from Bridlington

Colin Thompson the suspended lollipop man from Bridlington

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Hundreds of parents have signed a petition calling for a lollipop to be returned to his post after he was suspended for inappropriate comments.

More than 500 people have signed the petition demanding that Colin Thompson, 71, is allowed resume his duties outside Burlington Junior School.

Barbara & Amanda Harvey hand over a petition to Liam Dealtry to bring back the Lollipop Man
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Barbara & Amanda Harvey hand over a petition to Liam Dealtry to bring back the Lollipop Man NBFP PA1627-8

The lollipop man of four years was suspended after 
allegedly making an inappropriate comment to a female pupil.

But Colin, a retired joiner, said his comment was intended to be complimentary and that the parent who overheard had taken “umbrage” with the remark.

He said: “I was talking to the mother about her girl and someone overheard it and took it the wrong way.”

Mr Thompson said he told the girl she “scrubbed up well out of uniform”, and “you will break some hearts when you’re a bit older”.

The pupil in question was dressed in non-school uniform.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council phoned him on Wednesday June 15, asking him to step down after they had received an anonymous complaint from another parent.

Mr Thompson’s sudden departure angered hundreds of parents, who immediately called for his return and launched a petition.

Even the mayor, Cllr Liam Dealtry, has leant his backing to the campaign.

And on Friday June 8, Cllr Dealtry met with Barbara and Amanda Harvey from the group.

He said: “Now that I have heard about the man and what was said, I hope he gets reinstated.

“I have not heard any bad remarks about the man and I have asked the questions, because it is a controversial thing, but now I hope he gets reinstated because everyone wants him back.”

The petition was then handed into County Hall in Beverley.