Retiring Blackwood lollipop man given emotional send off

A special assembly will pay tribute to school lollipop man Derek Cook who is retiring at the age of 77. Has been working at the school for 13 years and is very popular with the children, staff and parents. Pictured is Derek during his last school crossin

A special assembly will pay tribute to school lollipop man Derek Cook who is retiring at the age of 77. Has been working at the school for 13 years and is very popular with the children, staff and parents. Pictured is Derek with some of the children he s

A special assembly will pay tribute to school lollipop man Derek Cook who is retiring at the age of 77. Has been working at the school for 13 years and is very popular with the children, staff and parents. Pictured is Derek at his school crossing point.

A special assembly will pay tribute to school lollipop man Derek Cook who is retiring at the age of 77. Has been working at the school for 13 years and is very popular with the children, staff and parents. Pictured left is head teacher with Derek and Gwy

A special assembly will pay tribute to school lollipop man Derek Cook who is retiring at the age of 77. Has been working at the school for 13 years and is very popular with the children, staff and parents. Pictured is Derek saying fond farewells to staff.

A special assembly will pay tribute to school lollipop man Derek Cook who is retiring at the age of 77. Has been working at the school for 13 years and is very popular with the children, staff and parents. Pictured is Derek high fiving all the children. (

A special assembly will pay tribute to school lollipop man Derek Cook who is retiring at the age of 77. Has been working at the school for 13 years and is very popular with the children, staff and parents. Pictured is the presentation by the head teacher

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A POPULAR lollipop man was given a tearful send off yesterday by the school whose pupils he has helped protect for more than a decade.

Derek Cook, 77, is set to retire from his job at Penllwyn Primary School in Blackwood after 13 years. During that time, he has become a cult figure among staff, parents, and pupils alike, with his trademark ‘high fives’ and infectious personality.

A special assembly took place yesterday morning where poems were read out, songs were sung, and gifts were presented to Mr Cook as the school prepared for life after the popular figure.

The former miner and postman from Cefn Fforest said: “I am a very, very lucky man to have worked for so long. This was the best job of all.”

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