ANN Conway, school crossing warden for St Anne’s School, Fordbridge, recently won recognition for her dedicated work, when she received her MBE from Prince Charles.
Bubbly Ann travelled to Buckingham Palace to receive the award in a chauffeur driven car paid for by her thrilled family.
“It was a wonderful day,” she said, “Prince Charles congratulated me and asked me about my job, and he shook my hand. He was marvellous,” said Ann, who was accompanied by her husband Tom, daughter Janet, and grandson Cavan.
“I was over the moon when I was told I was to receive this award, and never expected that I would get an honour like this. I am proud and delighted to have received the MBE on behalf of the local community as it really boosts Chelmsley Wood.”
Ann has been doing her job for 38 years, and has only missed three days in all that time. She turns out in all weathers three times per day to make sure local children are safe on the road.
It’s not the first award she’s won either as in 1992 she was awarded the title of ‘Lollipop Lady of the Year.’
Chairman of the Fordbridge Parish Council and Solihull Labour Councillor Alan Nash said: “Ann has worked tirelessly for this community for as long as I can remember and generations of children have been safely crossing the road due her efforts.
“She thoroughly deserves this honour. The whole community is proud of her.”
Anne has lived in Fordbridge for over 40 years. She is 70- years-old, and has seven children and 11 grandchildren.