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Longstanding caretaker stands down after four decades of service

Solihull Editorial 20th Nov, 2015 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

A LONGSTANDING caretaker at a Shirley secondary school has hung up his uniform for the last time.

After 43 years of service at Light Hall School, beloved caretaker Edward Johnson retired on his 65th birthday.

A joint send-off cum birthday party was attended by staff, students past and present, as well Solihull Mayor, Coun Glenis Slater, who presented him with a special leaving gift.

Year 11 student Alex Billson made a cake for the event featuring three scones – inspired by Mr Johnson’s daily lunch of three scones with butter and jam.

Having originally moved to the school on Hathaway Road from Lyndon School, Mr Johnson has seen three headteachers retire and worked tirelessly to help the school get back on its feet after ‘the great fire of Light Hall’ in 2006 that tore through a two storey classroom block in 2006, causing the roof to collapse.

Edward had always proved a hit with students and staff alike – known for his ‘cheery tales’.

And such was the impression he made, that reception staff said students, parents and even grandparents often call the school to enquire after him.

Headteacher, Annette Kimblin, said: “TheĀ  school will feel a very different place without him.

“We will miss him greatly.”

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