A SHIRLEY lollipop man has licked the opposition and been named the best crossing warden in the whole of the West Midlands.
Sixty-seven-year-old Albert Turner beat off fierce opposition to win the regional heats of the Lollipop Person of the Year Award.
For the past nine years, the pensioner has helped pupils from Haslucks Green Junior School across the road.
It was these very youngsters who nominated Albert for the award and led an extraordinary campaign to publicise the warden's efforts.
While some youngsters brandished placards, others made a video which they posted to the competition's organisers.
Albert said: "I'm over the moon but completely shocked winning this award. I love my job and I do it for the children to make sure that they get too and from school safely.
"It's like one big family here and they always invite me to plays and other events and I try and help out where I can."
Headteacher Carol Taylor said: "We are extremely proud of Albert and the work he does getting children over the busy Haslucks Green Road safely every day. He takes his role very seriously and the children and parents feel very safe with him on duty."
The Mayor of Solihull, Cllr David Bell, presented Albert with his award yesterday.