Grangemouth’s Jane hangs up lollipop after two decades

Bowhouse pupils Aiden Johnston, Charlie Trimble and John Hardie help say goodbye to retiring lollipop lady Jane Borthwick
Bowhouse pupils Aiden Johnston, Charlie Trimble and John Hardie help say goodbye to retiring lollipop lady Jane Borthwick

For the last 19 years she has been a constant comfort to hundreds of parents as she helped their children safely across a busy road.

Now, just days before she 
celebrates her 70th birthday, Jane Borthwick has hung up her trusty lollipop and called a halt on her two decade career as the crossing guard at Grangemouth’s Bowhouse 
Primary School.

She said: “It was a nice wee job that kept me in touch with people. Seeing the kids grow up has been the greatest joy of the job. I’ve been doing this so long I’ve helped kids across the road who are now mums and dads themselves with wee ones of their own.”

At an emotional ceremony in the Tinto Drive school on Tuesday, Jane, of Newlands Drive, Grangemouth, bid a tearful farewell to the pupils and the staff, receiving dozens of gifts, including a willow tree doll - which she is known to collect - and lots and lots of flowers.

Jane, who also volunteers for St Andrews Ambulance Service, will now be able to spend more time with husband Gordon, who retired some years earlier.

She said: “We’ve got a few relatives we want to visit so this will give us time to do that.”