A much-loved caretaker who has worked at a Worksop school for over 20 years has been given a Guardian Rose as a farewell gift.
Arthur Playfoot finally hung up his broom after 22 years at Ryton Park Primary School.
And staff and pupils at the school wanted to give him a special send off and awarded him a Guardian Rose at his own special leaving assembly.
“He is just brilliant, there is never a day when he is without a smile and he just works so hard and gives it his all, I don’t think he’s ever had a day off in the all time he’s been here,” said head teacher Richard Lilley.
“Nothing is ever too much for him, nothing is ever too hard for him and he and Mr Boldereo make a great team.”
“But it is more than that with Arthur, the kids absolutely love him.”
“Whenever they see him in the school, they always want to say ‘hello Mr Playfoot’ and he is the epitome of a Ryton Parker – hard-working, smiling and optimistic.”
“We’re going to miss him very much and it’s going to seem so strange without him because he’s part of the furniture.”
“He’s always cycled to work, whatever the weather, be it snow, rain, sleet, and they were all lined up along the route in to welcome him as he arrived for the last time.”
“There were people hanging out of windows too and banners made for him, it just showed how much he meant to everyone here.”
Arthur said receiving his Guardian Rose had been a real shock and he praised the family atmosphere of the school.
“It was a shock enough when I came in and they were all lined up along the road but then to get the Guardian Rose too was a real shock,” he said.
“But that’s what I love about this school, it’s always been a lovely family atmosphere with the kids and adults alike and it’s been great being a part of that.”
“I shall miss everyone, but by the same token, it’s the right to go and enjoy my retirement and leave with such happy memories.”