Bridlington dinner lady retires after 30 years

Val Jefferson retired after 30 year service at St Mary's School.
Val Jefferson retired after 30 year service at St Mary's School.

A BRIDLINGTON Primary School have bid an emotional farewell to one of their longest serving members of staff.

Senior mid-day supervisor at St Mary’s Primary School Val Jefferson, 65, has retired after 30 years in the job.

And it was an emotional farewell for her at a special assembly held to mark the end of term last Friday.

Speaking to the Free Press at her leaving presentation Val said: “It’s been very emotional, 30 years is a long time and I have loved every minute of it.”

“I have had some lovely staff and I need to say thank you to all my staff and everybody who has worked alongside me. I have worked with lots of staff and head teachers, it’s surprising how many,” she added.

Joint head teacher at St Mary’s, Angela Spencer, described Val’s departure as the “end of an era” and she will be greatly missed by everybody.

Val, of Trentham Drive, Bridlington said it was surprising to see how many parents were in the audience who she had known as children, who now had their own children at the school.

And she fondly recalled the time when she was just starting out as a lunchtime supervisor when pupils would not go to the hatch to be served their lunch, but instead the pupils would sit on mixed tables with the older ones serving the younger ones.

Now Val is looking forward to spending her retirement working on her garden and spending more time walking.

To mark her retirement Val was presented with an engraved vase and a bouquet of flowers by pupils.