A LOLLIPOP lady who has been crossing children across the road for nearly 30 has been recognised.

Christine Genovese, of Etherstone Street, Leigh has helped Christ Church CE Primary School pupils cross busy St Helens Road for 18 years.

Before then she guided children at three schools across Leigh Road for 11 years.

The grandmother is known for buying cards, treats and gifts like stickers for children for their birthdays.

At a Wigan Council awards evening, Christine was handed the Outstanding Achievement Award for school crossing patrol and road safety.

She got more than 100 nominations from children, parents and school staff.

Christine, 72, said: "I love my job. There is always someone to say good morning to.

"I know parents of children who I am crossing know and it is nice to see them grow up. They never forget me.

"I am proud and happy and also thankful to the teachers and the parents and the children have voted for me.

"It is nice to know that you are thought of in this way."

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Christine crossing children and parents on St Helens Road in Leigh

Mum-of-two Christine has no plans to retire and in August it will mark 30 years since she started crossing Christ Church pupils.

Christ Church assistant head teacher Clair Gornall said: "Christine is absolutely amazing with the kids.

"She is a lovely lady and so down to earth."