That was the greeting Peggy Bloomer was met with by children and their parents every school morning for the past 16 years before she finally hung up her lollipop, tunic and cap.
It was a sad occasion for many people who attended St Joseph’s Girls National School in Mountmellick on the last day of the term when it was learned that Peggy was to cease her work ensuring that the children cross the Acragar Road safely on their way to and from school.
Come hail, rain, sleet or snow, Peggy, as ever with a smile on her face, was always there early to meet and greet the first of the many pupils crossing the road. In the summer months she rode her bike to the school and in wet weather drove.
Peggy, along with her husband Fintan, were among the founders of Mountmellick Athletics Club as well as being the founding members of Mountmellick Community Games group.
In recognition of her contribution to the school over the years and for ensuring the safety of the hundreds of pupils who crossed the road to school under her ever watchful, eye the school board of management and parents wrote: “Peggy our wonderful lollipop lady retired Friday last. She will be sadly missed by the children and their parents in Mountmellick. She has been crossing all our children safely for the past 16 years. We would like to send Peggy the very best of wishes and a big thank you for all her wonderful work throughout the years, always a smile for everyone no matter what the weather. We will miss you Peggy.”
Laois Co Council made a presentation to Ms Bloomer for her continuous service throughout the years, while many of the children who made their way to school on their final term day presented Peggy with flowers, cards and bags of sweets.