A POPULAR Bromsgrove lollipop man who has retired after helping children from Finstall First School, Aston Fields Middle School and Rigby Hall School for the past seven years was given a surprise bash by his neighbours.
Colin Lowe was completely ‘overwhelmed’ by the socially-distanced event on Hartford Road, Harwood Park, on Sunday.
He was presented with a collection, cards and well-wishes and guests toasted his community career with cupcakes and prosecco.
Colin said he would miss the ‘chit chat with children and their parents and the characters he has met’ during his New Road role.
Colin and his wife Lynne were originally from Birmingham and moved to Bromsgrove in 1968, three days after they got married.
They lived in Sidemoor and moved to Chesworth Road, Harwood Park in 1968 after their first child Christopher was born, Suzy followed afterwards.
They have lived on Hartford Road on Harwood Park for the last 10 years.
Prior to becoming a lollipop man, Colin was an apprentice gardener for Cadbury’s in Bournville, a sales representative for Hozelock and Bees Seeds, undertook a stint at Wellsbourne Airport and at a company in Droitwich looking after luxury cars.
He volunteered as a Driver for WRVS (Womens Royal Voluntary Service) driving people to and from meetings and appointments and was the meeter and greeter at Bromsgrove Sporting FC for many years.
Maria Furness who organised the party said: “Harwood Park is a really lovely community where neighbours engage and look out for each other – many have lived here for over 40 years and lots have moved house within the estate.
“Their children went off to live their life or go to university but some came back here again to raise their family, as it is such a nice safe neighbourhood with great schools Finstall First School, Aston Fields Middle School and Rigby Hall.
“Key players like Colin are very much part of the day-to-day activities.
“It was so nice to get the opportunity to do something for him, as it has been an emotional time for him not seeing the parents and children due to lockdown.
“This event helped raise his spirits hugely.”