Much-loved Norwich dinner lady hangs up her apron after 28 years’ service

Dinner lady Sandra McGivern has been at Clover Hill VA Infant School and Nursery for 28 years. Pict

Dinner lady Sandra McGivern has been at Clover Hill VA Infant School and Nursery for 28 years. Picture: Antony Kelly - Credit: Archant

One of the most dedicated dinner ladies in the county is hanging up her apron.

Dinner lady Sandra McGivern having a special leaving lunch with some of the pupils. Picture: Antony

Dinner lady Sandra McGivern having a special leaving lunch with some of the pupils. Picture: Antony Kelly - Credit: Archant

Sandra McGivern, has spent 28 years serving lunch to hungry children at Clover Hill VA Infant School and Nursery.

She has never had a day off – and even fed some of the current pupils' parents when they were children.

In retirement she will be swapping the kitchen for her camper van.

The 59-year-old, from Cloverhill, said: 'I thought maybe I would get a bunch of flowers at the end of the week, but I wasn't expecting all of this.

Dinner lady Sandra McGivern has been at Clover Hill VA Infant School and Nursery for 28 years. Pict

Dinner lady Sandra McGivern has been at Clover Hill VA Infant School and Nursery for 28 years. Picture: Antony Kelly - Credit: Archant


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'I have loved every minute of working here and will miss the children and my friends – I was actually here when one of the dinner ladies was a child.'

Pupils gathered in the dinner hall to wish the long-standing member of staff farewell with a tea party.

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Helen Newell, headteacher, said: 'She is so kind and loving, all of the children adore her and she will be greatly missed by everyone.

'Many of the mums said Sandra was here when they were students and I think that just shows her dedication – most of our dinner ladies last only a couple of years, so that's a real dedication to our little people. I think it is absolutely amazing and a real record-breaker.'

The soon-to-be retiree is looking forward to travelling around the country in her camper van with her husband.

Mrs Newell added: 'Her job has been feeding the children here and now with all of Sandra's exciting plans, she has a new job ahead – to enjoy retirement.'

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