Goodbye! Sunderland dinner lady retires after 40 years at same school

Dinner nanny Carole Hindmarsh, surrounded by some of her fans at Hasting Hill Academy. Carole is finally retiring from the school after 40 years service.
Dinner nanny Carole Hindmarsh, surrounded by some of her fans at Hasting Hill Academy. Carole is finally retiring from the school after 40 years service.
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YOUNSTERS said a fond farewell to their dinner nanny at a city school.

The children at Hastings Hill Academy waved goodbye to one of their lunchtime supervisors, who has been helping the students for 40 years.

Dinner nanny Carole Hindmarsh was one of the first to take up post at the Tilbury Road school when it opened as Hasting Hill Primary School, in 1954, on the Thorney Close Estate.

Carole remained with the school when it became Hasting Hill Academy and part of the WISE Academies trust in 2012.

Now, at the age of 65, Carole, who lives in the Thorney Close area, is hanging up her apron to enjoy a well-earned retirement.

Jackie Miller, a staff member at the Wearside school, said Carole will be hugely missed by both fellow staff and pupils.

A special assembly was held in the primary school to thank Carole for all her years of hard work.

She was presented with gifts and flowers from all the staff, children and families she has been involved with.

Living in the area, Carole is well known to everyone and in some cases has helped look after the children and even grandchildren of the original students she was dinner nanny to.

Jackie, said: “We held the special assembly to bid farewell to Carole after 40 years of hard work.

“We all wish her well and hope she will come and visit us again soon.

“She was one of the school’s first dinner nannies and has always been very popular with everyone.

“She will be a big miss to the school.”

As an extra special gift, the children made her a scrapbook full of memories for her to keep.