|Lollipop Idol 2011: THE RESULT
Chloe Langton with Fred Chisnall, plus Metrofresh manager Deborah Clarke, head Sharon Bruton, patrol leader Rick Laithwaite and Cllr David Molyneux.
Never mind Matt Cardle and Jai McDowall – the real idols are taking centre stage.
The borough’s superstar lollipop patrol has been revealed as… Fred Chisnall.
Fred has been ‘on point’ at Hindley St Peter’s C of E Primary for five years. And this week, he was judged as the man with star quality.
Fred received his award from Metrofresh bosses and council deputy leader Cllr David Molyneux during a special assembly which he attended to hear the school’s musicians – and so it came as a huge surprise.
“I am always in school and being asked to get involved,” said Fred, “so I didn’t think that this assembly was any different. I am thrilled and honoured and so proud of all the children.”
It was a role reversal for Fred, who was fresh from judging at ‘St Peter’s Got Talent’. He’s well known for giving his own time to the school as well as doing his paid duties on the busy Liverpool Road near the centre of Hindley. Fred also sends Christmas cards and leavers’ cards to every pupil in the school, though he confesses he starts writing them a month or so in advance!
There were tears of joy and cheers of delight from staff and pupils as head teacher Sharon Bruton told them that Fred had been successfully nominated from thousands of entries across the entire borough. Mrs Bruton said: “He’s part of our school, part of our community.”
He was nominated by 8 year old pupil Chloe Langton, whose winning entry was picked out by the judging panel, led by Cllr Molyneux.
Cllr Molyneux said: “Chloe’s entry was very special, but of course all our patrols are winners – they are valuable and well loved members of their communities. We made a fuss of them all by asking pupils to tell us about their own lollipop man or woman.”
Chloe said she was going to spend her £50 prize money on a trampoline.
The two runners up have been announced as Eric Posstlethwaite, patrol at Aspull Church School and William Scrivens from St Johns CE Infants School in Leigh.
The judges looked at the quality, as well as quantity of nominations, as well as the patrols’ length of service and the size of schools they served. Although the council is not obliged to provide a patrol service, their Metrofresh team works to ensure all the major school crossing points are covered and are eager to welcome new recruits to their paid team. If you think you could be a patrol, perhaps even next year’s Idol, then call Metrofresh on 01942 705077.