WE all know what an invaluable job generations of lollipop ladies (and men) have done outside our Black Country schools, helping children to safely cross the busy roads.
We see them working at school opening and closing time every day, but here is a scene from another era, captured on a photograph kindly provided by David Hogg, of Ringinglow Road, Great Barr, and the lollipop lady proudly displaying her “Stop, Children Crossing” lollipop sign is none other than his mother Mrs Violet Hogg, who is now 93 years of age. She is seen holding up a couple of lorries (the one at the front is a Leyland) on the pedestrian crossing.
David believes that this photograph was taken around 58 years ago, and he himself is the young boy at the front of the line of children on the crossing. The only other child he can name is Alison Atkins (in the dark coat with the hood up).
The photograph was taken outside Oldbury Road School at Smethwick.