Fond farewell for dinner lady Linda

Dinner lady Linda Harvey (front centre) with staff and governors
Dinner lady Linda Harvey (front centre) with staff and governors

A MUCH-LOVED member of staff was given a great send off from teachers and pupils when she retired after 16 years at a Hartlepool primary school.

Linda Harvey was showered with presents, cards and flowers on her last day at Kingsley Primary School.

She had been a valued lunchtime supervisor at the school in Taybrook Avenue for 16 and a half years.

During that time she has kept a watchful eye on the youngsters in the playground during break times and helped them tuck into their dinners.

Pupils and staff said goodbye to Linda during afternoon assembly when she was presented with colourful cards from every year group.

She was also given an engraved vase which read “Thank you Miss Linda for 16 years love and help”.

Bouquets of flowers came from pupils and also the kitchen staff.

Linda, 61, of the Oxford Road area of Hartlepool, said: “I was sad to leave.

“It was a bit of a rollercoaster of emotions.

“All the children were in the assembly, I was gobsmacked and they had all made cards.

“I would like to thank all the school and children. It was an amazing day.”

But Linda, married to Colin, will still keep in regular touch with the school as she is an associate governor.

Linda previously served the school as a parent governor when her children attended the school.

The mum of six, who has eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild, will also be kept busy as a volunteer with the Rifty Youth Project where she volunteers.