VIDEO: Barrow Primary School celebrate dinner lady Alma Wright's 50th year working at school
Staff and pupils at Barrow CEVC Primary School held a special assembly last week in celebration of a dinner lady's 50th year working at the school.
Alma Wright, 82, was surprised with a cake, flowers and cards last Friday, as well as performances from each of the school's five year groups, including a poem and a rendition of The Beatles' Blackbird, which was released in 1968 - the same year Alma started work at the school.
"Age and time don't bother me as long as you're enjoying yourself," she said.
"I've always wanted to work with children and it's just worked out so well for me. It's a lovely school and the children are great and we have lovely staff. Everyone has been very kind and nice."
Alma was no stranger to the school when she started work, having attended as a pupil when she was 10 years old. Her two daughters were also taught at the school, as well as her grandchildren and her eight-year-old great grandson, Myles, who is currently in Year 4.
Her grand-daughter, Natalie Shaves, also works with the school's reception class.
'I've had 50 very happy years here'
"Having been here for 50 years, I've got to know so many children and watched them grow up and bring their own children to the school. It's super," she said.
"If I didn't like the work and it was getting me down I would leave but I love it and the children are so lovely they say such nice things to me. I've had 50 very happy years here."
Helen Ashe, headteacher, said: "Mrs Wright is the heart and soul of the school. The children look forward to seeing her everyday and her kind and careful management of our lunchtime provision plays a huge part in the nurturing of our children that we value so highly at Barrow."