A POPULAR lunchtime supervisor has hung up her serving spoon after 27 years service at the same school.
Mary Tose worked her last shift at St Aidan’s Primary School, in Loyalty Road, on Friday, after almost three decades serving youngsters their dinner.
School staff praised the long-serving member of staff during a presentation, where she was gifted a bunch of flowers and a large card with the words Good Luck Mary on.
The 65-year-old plans to enjoy her retirement and spend time with her young grandchildren.
Mary started at the school as a relief worker, but stayed for the next 27 years after securing a full-time job.
The mum-of-two said: “The school has changed a lot over the years compared to when I first started.
“The food that we serve in particular is now a lot more healthy.
“I can’t begin to say what I will miss the most because I have really enjoyed my time at the school and met and worked with lots of lovely people.
“It has been quite overwhelming and I am sad to be leaving.”
Popular Mary was treated to a large bunch of flowers and staff from the school also joined Mary for lunch earlier in the week.
Ian Railton, headteacher at the school, said: “Mary has been a long-serving member of staff and we will all miss her immensely.
“The children adore her and she is well known to all the families.
“We will all miss her.”
Mary, a keen runner, is married to Benny, 67, a retired joiner.
The pair have two children, Andrew, 40, and Graeme, 35, and two granddaughters one-year-old Lily and five-week-old Daisy.
Mary added: “I have two beautiful granddaughters and I am looking forward to spending more time with them.”