Tributes to Shotton Primary cleaner as she hangs up mop after 30 years

Shotton Cilliery Primary School staff with cleaner Vera Pearn (sitting) who was presented with flowers to mark her retirement from the school.
Shotton Cilliery Primary School staff with cleaner Vera Pearn (sitting) who was presented with flowers to mark her retirement from the school.

A SCHOOL cleaner has hung up her mops after 30 years – and after carrying on her job well past retirement age.

Vera Pearn started working as a cleaner at Shotton Primary School in 1983.

Now at the age of 75, the mum to seven sons is taking a well-earned rest from the role.

She was treated to four bouquets and a cheque during a retirement ceremony attended by school staff.

Vera, whose late husband Frank was a miner, said: “I have seen quite a few changes, including three headmistresses, Mrs Hepplewhite, Mrs Bradley and now Ms Orr, and I have seen three generations at the school.”

It was the first job Vera had after bringing up her family and starting in the role when her youngest son had turned 14.

The grandmother of 10 said she had enjoyed making a lot of friends there and added: “I could have continued, but I thought it was time to give somebody else a chance – jobs are hard to get.”

She plans to spend more time taking her dogs walking during retirement.

School headteacher Rachel Orr said: “Shotton Primary School is happy, with a little bit of sadness, to announce the retirement of one of our long serving cleaning ladies namely ‘Our Vera’.

“Vera has decided to hand in her mops to enjoy having relaxing sunny holidays and shopping sprees with her friends and sisters-in-law.

“Vera’s family have been trying to persuade her to retire for many years now without success but now she has made her mind up to take their advice and enjoy her retirement.

“Vera loves coming to work and has great pride in our school working tirelessly over the years to make our school sparkling clean for the pupils, staff and visitors - nothing gave her more pleasure than to see our parquet flooring gleaming like glass.

“We will miss her friendship, mothering, and friendly personality, and join with the rest of the staff in wishing her the very best of health and best wishes for a long and happy retirement.”