Marian retires after 38 years at school

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ONE of the county’s longest ever serving dinner ladies arrived for her last day at work in a vintage Rolls Royce.

Marian Smith has worked at Eastwood’s Springbank Primary School for 38 years and her family arranged the special red carpet treatment for her last day, when staff threw her a party.

She was showered with gifts at the bash, where she was joined by family, friends and town councillors Don Rowley and Peter Butler.

The dinnerlady, who lives in Garden Road, Eastwood, started work back in 1973 when it was called Devonshire Drive School and when she earnt 49p per hour.

Since then the school has been Eastwood Infants and Juniors, and now it is called Springbank Primary School.

Current headteacher Julie Vacarri said: “I have only known Marian a short time but it’s obvious she has many special qualities and she will always go the extra mile to help others.”

Marian, a valued member of Eastwood and Brinsley Women’s Institute, is renowned for her fundraising efforts and down the years has raised thousands for good causes.

She was a member of the St John Ambulance Brigade between 1977 and 2010, and was superintendent of the Moorgreen division.

She said: “I have led a full and active life which has been enriched by many special people.

“My time working at the school will always have a very special place in my heart and the honour of being regarded one of Eastwood’s ‘leading lights’ makes me very proud.”