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60 years of safe passage

City of York Council's School Crossing Patrol service has celebrated its Diamond Jubilee.

The school crossing patrol service first started in London in the 1940s when 90 per cent of children walked to school. The idea quickly caught on and the government recognised the value of having such a service and officially created the Crossing Patrol Act of 1953.

Trish Hirst, road safety officer at the council, said: “We really do have a lot to thank these unsung heroes of our streets. Some of our crossing patrollers have done many years service in this city, with five staff giving 30-years service to the city, some coming up to 40-years of service and one member of staff who has helped generations of children across the road for an amazing 42-years."

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