Dinner lady packs up after 21 years at Lincoln school
A Lincoln dinner lady is hanging up her tabard after 21 years patrolling the same school playground.
Lorraine Osgodby has seen two generations pass through St Faith's Church of England Infant School in the city.
The 65-year-old says she has seen playground games change over two decades, and numerous childhood toy crazes sweep through the school. But she says the children are as cheeky as ever since she became a full-time dinner lady in 1992.
"They are so honest at that age, they tell it like it is," she said. "Last week one said, 'why are you so old?'
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Ms Osgodby says she has scores of funny stories to tell about the children. "One boy came with a box of cocktail sausages because his mum had left his packed lunch in the fridge and gave him the wrong box.
"Another came in with a pound of cheese because they had taken the wrong box out from the fridge."
Despite campaigns for hot lunches, Ms Osgodby believes parents should have a choice.
"The Government is talking of giving all kids hot dinners, but there are some children who have dietary needs."
The school held a special goodbye assembly on October 4. Children and staff sang songs and presented hand- made photo books.
Ben Davison, 26, who Ms Osgodby watched over at the beginning of her career, presented her with flowers alongside his four–year-old daughter, Milie Davison, who is now at the school.
Ms Osgodby is retiring to help look after her eight- month-old grandchild – the latest of six grandchildren.
She will also continue working at the 31st Beavers at Monks Road Methodist Church and the 7th Lincoln Brownies at Christ Hospital School.