Friday, 10 November 2017
Barry Massey, the Junior Boys’ School lollipop man, has received the Unsung Hero Award at the Bolton News Schools Awards.
Each morning and evening, come rain or shine, Barry takes up his post outside the Junior Boys’ School and has done so for the past thirteen years. His positive and cheerful character is clear to see whatever the weather. His reliability and dedication to his job and the children is amazing, as is the way he memorises every boy’s name and relates to them whatever their age. He gets to know all of the members of the community who pass by his post every morning, showing a genuine interest in everyone, which goes far beyond the usual expectations.
Beyond his work as a member of the Schools Crossing Patrol Service, he is well known for his work in the theatre where he acts, directs, writes and even makes costumes for lots of exciting shows. The pedestrians of Park Road are lucky to have him.
Speaking about his nomination and win, Barry said, “When I learnt about the award, it brought a tear to my eye. After working for BT for thirty-nine years, I did not want to wholly retire but I did not think I would be doing this job for as long as thirteen years! The truth is I really enjoy it and no day is alike! I always try to do the job with a smile on my face and to bring a little joy and happiness to the pupils when they arrive in the morning. On a beautiful morning, who wouldn’t want to do this job?”
Mrs Sue Faulkner, the Head of the Junior Boys’ School at Bolton School, said: “People like Barry are such an important part of the community. Jobs like his are often overlooked by people as mundane and minor but in fact their very success comes from the personality of the person doing the job. Barry knows and is known by the community that he serves, he cheers the day with his smile and a joke and makes everybody feel noticed and valued – what better way to start the day.”
Barry received his award at a glittering awards ceremony held at the Holiday Inn in Bolton. The award was sponsored by Anthony Axford Ltd.
Another member of the Bolton School community who was honoured on the night was Trevor Pledger, a former teacher and Director of Partnerships in the Boys’ Division who retired at the end of the 2016-17 academic year. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his life-long dedication to young people’s sport.
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