Oldest dinner lady in the country is serving children in Norwich

June Walker has been a dinner lady at Saint Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic School in Norwich for 1

June Walker has been a dinner lady at Saint Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic School in Norwich for 19 years and is quite possibly the oldest dinner lady in the country at 85 years old.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

At 85 June Walker has been serving school lunches to children for 20 years.

June Walker has been a dinner lady at Saint Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic School in Norwich for 1

June Walker has been a dinner lady at Saint Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic School in Norwich for 19 years and is quite possibly the oldest dinner lady in the country at 85 years old.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

And even though she could be Britain's oldest dinner lady, she has no intention of hanging up her ladle anytime soon.

She has worked at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School, for nearly two decades.

A mother to six children, grandmother to 14 and great-grandmother to seven - she has dedicated her life to little ones. Now she looks after year one pupils at the Jessopp Road school, in Norwich.

The determined dinner lady gets two buses a day to travel to work - and is at the school from Monday through to Friday.


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Ms Walker said: 'I don't want to be sitting at home looking at four walls, especially when I'm on my own. I love work and will miss it in the summer.

'My favourite thing is just being with the children, I work in the dinner hall helping the children cut up their food, watch what they're doing and just help all of year one, then I go out into the playground.

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'I have no plans to stop, unless they give me the boot. At school they (staff) went round and asked people if they were coming back in September, and they didn't ask me. I said to them, 'you didn't ask me' and they said they didn't because they knew I wasn't going anywhere.'

A much loved member of staff at the school - the children enjoy seeing their long-standing dinner lady in the lunch hall.

Her family are also very proud of her work ethic.

Amy Daws, Ms Walker's granddaughter, said: 'She is an amazing woman - acting like she did in her first year working at the school, I'm very proud of her.'

Ms Walker said that although she has never tried the dinners she serves at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School, her favourite would be the cottage pie.

'The children don't have a favourite - they like it all. It's all homemade and healthy so it hasn't changed much over the years.'

- If you have a story about someone celebrating a milestone, email jemma.walker@archant.co.uk

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