Willie hangs up lollipop after a decade at Carmuirs

William Easton hangs up his lollipop
William Easton hangs up his lollipop

Pupils and staff at Carmuirs Primary School said goodbye to their long-serving crossing patrol man William Easton last week.

Willie (69), as he was known to the hundreds of children he helped safely across the road outside the Camelon school, decided it was time to hang up his lollipop and retire. For over a decade the popular figure always had time for a laugh and a joke with the pupils as they came and went from school in the mornings and afternoons. Parents, pupils and teachers clubbed together to see Willie off in fine style, presenting him with a special cake, an engraved hip flask and a bottle of whisky. The school said Willie will be much missed by all and his commitment to get up early in all weather conditions for the last ten years to ensure many of the establishment’s 200 or so pupils made it in a safe and timely fashion to their classrooms was much appreciated. A school spokesperson said: “All the children liked Willie and enjoyed talking to him when they came to school. They always found him very funny and he would always take the time to talk to them.”