Marlene hangs up her lollipop after 31 years in Easthouses

Lolipop lady Marlene Bruce, on her day of retirement. She has been a lolipop lady for 31 years and is seen here showing 8 year old Heidi Allan from Lawfield Primary school across the road at Easthouses Miners Club.
Lolipop lady Marlene Bruce, on her day of retirement. She has been a lolipop lady for 31 years and is seen here showing 8 year old Heidi Allan from Lawfield Primary school across the road at Easthouses Miners Club.

Marlene Bruce helped children across Easthouses Road for more than 30 years but now she has hung up her lollipop as she begins retirement.

The 62-year-old was the lollipop lady outside Easthouses Miners’ Club for 31 years taking children safely across Easthouses Road, but last Friday she did so for the last time.

She said: “I have very much enjoyed it. I think I will miss it, just going out every day, the routine, and of course I’ll miss the children.

“It will be hard to start with but I’m sure I will get used to it. I think everybody is like that when they retire but I am looking forward to it.”

Marlene has helped generations of firstly Langlaw and now Lawfield Primary School pupils across the road, but as she recalls, she wasn’t too keen on the job at first.

She said: “I have got mothers coming with their kids that I helped across the road as kids themselves. When I look back on it all I have had some good children and parents, I think I have a good spot.

“I started on October 2 and I can always remember it was a bad winter at the time so I thought I would maybe last six weeks, but I just got on with it.

“I have made a lot of friends along the way, people are always asking how I am. I’m going to miss that, they are really nice people around there.”

On retirement, Marlene adds: “I’m hoping to get out as much as possible. I don’t want to end up like a recluse!

“I have been that used to getting up at the same time and being in a routine I would like to get a holiday.

“My husband retired a year past June so we are looking to get out and make the most of it, so I’m looking forward to it. He misses his work.”

Marlene’s husband, Bert (66) was a cleaners’ supervisor for Lothian Buses.

They have two sons Alan (42) and Jim (38), as well as six grandchildren.