CAROLE Wright and Sheila Kirtlan have a long-service record to stop the traffic.
The pair, with almost 60 years’ service between them, were presented with certificates and commemorative badges by the Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Iain Kay, as part of celebrations to mark the Diamond Jubilee of the School Crossing Patrol Service.
“I was delighted to present these certificates and commemorative badges,” he said.
“These ladies and their colleagues do a fantastic job.
“School crossing patrols are very important to the road safety of our children and young people, helping them cross the road safely to school every day, whatever the weather.”
The presentation took place near a school crossing in Dairy Lane in Houghton, where Carole, 61, has been helping children cross the road for 16 years.
“I am very proud to receive this certificate, and really enjoy my job,” she said.
“I’ve seen a lot of changes over the years. The traffic has got busier, and fewer people walk to school, but the children and youngsters who do, still stop and chat while they’re waiting to cross.”
Sheila, 59, from Biddick, said: “I started in 1986 as a stop-gap when my children were very young – they’re both in their 30s now, but I’ve carried on because I enjoy it so much.
“You really feel involved, and part of the community and people’s lives.”