STAFF and pupils at Colgrain Primary School are celebrating after their former lollipop lady was honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Effie Walker has been awarded the British Empire Medal for her long service to the school community.
The 81-year-old retired only last October after 43 years at Colgrain.
On Monday she joined children and teachers at the school to share the good news.
She said: “I loved working here and I love the children. Colgrain was my only school and I have worked with four head teachers. I have always got on with everyone and have seen generations of families come through the school.
“I really miss it – I didn’t even mind the weather!”
Paying tribute, head teacher Johanna McClelland said: “We are absolutely delighted for Effie – this is so well deserved.
“We all miss her very much. So much so we asked her to return once a week to read to the nursery children. She comes in every Thursday and we all enjoy having her in the classroom.
“Effie has always been a big part of our school community and everyone is thrilled that her service to Colgrain has been recognised.”
The British Empire Medal is awarded for ‘hands-on’ service to the local community.
Effie will be presented with her medal by Lord Lieutenant for Argyll and Bute, Patrick Stewart, at a local ceremony later this year. She will also receive an invitation to the Royal Garden Party at the Palace of Holyrood House next year.
Provost of Argyll and Bute Council, Len Scoullar, said: “On behalf of everyone at Argyll and Bute Council I would like to offer our warm congratulations to Effie on her award.
“Effie is so well known and liked in the local community and she has served its children well.
“It is incredible that she spent 43 years looking after the pupils of Colgrain and worked until the age of 80.
“She deserves our thanks and I hope she has a wonderful time at her award presentation and the Garden Party.”