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Lollipop Idol: You Decide
Thursday 15th January, 2009

Lollipop Idol: You Decide

Move over Will Young and Leona Lewis – the real idols are ready to take the spotlight.

Everyone knows that the borough’s lollipop men and women have star quality, working hard in all weathers to keep children safe on their way to school.

But who deserves the title of ‘Lollipop Idol 2009’? This time, it’s not Simon Cowell and the panel that the contestants must answer to, because the kids will decide!

The team of 125 patrols is managed by Metrofresh for Wigan Council. Strategic manager Debbie Clarke says: “Of course all our patrols are winners – they are valuable and well loved members of their communities. So we’re making a fuss of them all and asking pupils to tell us about their own lollipop man or woman.”

The Metrofresh team will gather the votes and views of school children this month, with a prize to be awarded to the lady or gent who amasses the most nominations. Nomination forms will be available in the borough’s primary and secondary schools as well as the town hall and all libraries. The poll closes on 6 February.

Patrol manger Rick Laithwaite says: “Clearly, some schools are larger than others, but our judging panel will be looking at quality as well as quantity in the nominations, and we’ll be calling upon the council’s deputy leader, Cllr David Molyneux, to ensure the poll is balanced and fair.”

Cllr Molyneux, who is also the council’s environment champion, adds: “I’d like to pay tribute to all our patrols. They are on the front line of road safety and do a tremendous job. Please take a moment to consider how they’ve made a difference for you or your child and vote for your top patrol.”

Although the council is not obliged to provide a patrol service, the team works to ensure all the major school crossing points are covered. They are always keen to welcome new recruits to their paid team.

  • If you think you could be a candidate, perhaps for next year’s Idol, then call MetroFresh on 01942 705077.

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