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  50th birthday for lollipop people
Updated 10 November 2003, 11.14
Lollipop man on duty
The next time you see your school lollipop man or woman, make sure you stop to say "happy birthday".

It's 50 years since the first crossing attendants took to streets to help kids stay safe when walking to school.

As they celebrate their 50th birthday, statistics prove they have made a valuable contribution to road safety.

In 1953, when there weren't as many cars around as there are today, 797 kids were killed on the roads. That figure had dropped to just 179 by 2002.

Tufty and pals cross the road safely
Tufty and pals cross the road safely

This year also marks the 50th birthday of Tufty the squirrel, who was created by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents to promote the road safety message.

Longest-serving

Fact File
Road safety facts
There are 30,000 lollipop people
In 2001, they were given permission to help adults cross the road too
Dave Prowse - who played Darth Vader in the early Star Wars films - used to be in road safety ads

The UK's longest-serving lollipop lady is thought to be Eunice Robinson from Bradford, who's been doing the job for 41 years.

"I love meeting the children. It's rewarding to know that I've helped generations of the same families to cross the road," she said.

"This is a fantastic job and I would highly recommend it to anyone."



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lollipop man Do we still need lollipop people?
opening quoteI walk to school so I know how important they are. Ours is called Fred and he's been with us for 5 years. He's like one of our school!closing quote
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