Twin dinner ladies praised for 55 years of service to Worksop school

Twin sisters Mary Beeston and Jean Hopewell are lunchtime staff at Sparken Hill receive the Guardian Rose from Principal Richard LIlley for their number of years service served at the school  Picture: Sarah Washbourn
Twin sisters Mary Beeston and Jean Hopewell are lunchtime staff at Sparken Hill receive the Guardian Rose from Principal Richard LIlley for their number of years service served at the school Picture: Sarah Washbourn

Twin dinner ladies who have devoted a combined 55 years of service to a Worksop primary school have been honoured for their commitment with Guardian Roses.

Mary Beeston and Jean Hopewell, who have worked at Sparken Hill Academy for 33 years and and 23 years respectively, were presented with the accolades in a surprise ceremony recently.

The “inseperable” sisters have worked together most of their lives before settling into their roles of midday supervisors at the academy, which was previously known as Ryton Park school.

Richard Lilley, headteacher of Sparken Hill, said: “Mary and Jean have been absolutely fantastic in their roles during all this time.

“I know many a parent who has been a pupil at the school who were supported by Mary or Jean during their long career.

“All the staff, parents, pupils and governors of Sparken Hill Academy would like to say a huge thank you for such a commitment.”

Our Guardian Roses are generously donated by Walker’s House of Flowers, located in the Priory Shopping Centre.

The awards continue to recognise pillars of the Worksop community. So far this year we have presented accolades to loving family members, teachers, volunteers, helpers and public service workers.

If you would like to nominate someone for a Guardian Rose, please call 01909 500500 or email sophie.wills@jpress.co.uk, making sure to include details of who you wish to nominate and why.