Charlie retires after 14 years on patrol

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A popular lolliop man has called it a day after 14 years on patrol in Ellon.

Charlie Johnston, 79, has been keeping youngsters safe crossing the road near Meiklemill Primary School.

And last Friday there was a school presentation to Charlie on his final day on patrol.

Long service is nothing new to Charlie who worked locally with housebuilder Barratt for nearly 50 years as foreman joiner.

He told the Times his two grandchildren, who were pupils at Meiklemill, persuaded him to become a lolliop man.

He said: “When I retired at 65 they said ‘you could do it granda’.

“So I took it on and I’m still here.”

Charlie, who lives in Ellon, praised the pupils for being safety conscious.

He added: “There’s a lot of traffic on this road, it’s a busy road. I’m proud to say there have been no spills in all the time I have been here.

“The children and parents have been very good.

“I will miss it, there’s no question about that. Everyone has been great over the years.”

Meiklemill head teacher Marlene Johnston said Charlie would be missed by everyone at the school.

She added: “Charlie has hardly recorded any absences in all the years he has been at Meiklemill.

“He has always volunteered and been a great help within school. When any lifting and moving furniture about was being done, he was always there to help.

“For many years too, he set up the dining room with the lunchtime auxiliaries to give his support around the school when it was needed.

“Charlie was a great member of our team, ‘a hardy chiel’ who showed such commitment to his job.”