Tributes have been paid to a popular lollipop lady fondly remembered by hundreds of village children.
Carol Hornby, 62, who was Staining Primary School’s lollipop lady for more than 20 years, died after a short battle with lung cancer.
And her husband, Eddie, and four children – Kerry, Jamie, Tracey and Michelle – today spoke fondly about a woman who loved both her job and her family.
Mrs Hornby had been married to Eddie for 43 years, and Mr Hornby, 63, said: “I’ve known her since I was about 12, we went to school together.
“We lost touch and then we met again in the Tower Ballroom. The first time she met my mum she said ‘I’m going to marry your son’.
“We moved to Staining a couple of years after we got married.”
Mrs Hornby, who lived on Bibby Drive, became the school’s lollipop lady back in 1988.
She retired in April 2010, and daughter Tracey said: “Everyone in the village knew her, on gala day you would sit waiting on the procession going past and people came up to her.
“She once wore pyjamas for Children in Need and at Christmas she would have Christmas earrings and tinsel round her hat.
“The school have done a collection at the lower end of the school’s Christmas play. They said how sorry everybody was for Carol’s death and up to now raised £300 for Cancer Research.”
It was just six weeks after Mrs Hornby – who had 12 grandchildren and a great-grandchild – was told she had lung cancer that she died in Blackpool Victoria Hospital, surrounded by her family.
Ann Griffiths, head teacher at the school, said; “Carol was a fantastic lollipop lady. She was with us a long time and was always committed, whatever the weather.
“She was fully involved in the school community and really cared about the children. She will be much missed.”