Thursday, December 13, 2007

Lollipop reprieve

A Southampton lollipop lady who was banned from wearing Christmas outfits for health and safety reasons will be allowed to continue for three more days.

Bosses at Southampton City Council agreed the compromise late last night after the Echo told how the ban had sparked debate over whether their decision was political correctness gone mad.

Margaret Russell has been dressing up in the costumes at Christmas for the past 20 years, collecting money for charity as she helps children cross the road.

This year she decided to dress up as a giant golden bell.

But following a complaint by two parents, Mrs Russell from Millbrook was ordered to cease her dressing-up, because without her reflective jacket, if she was hit by a car she would not be covered by the council's insurance. And that is against health and safety rules.

But Cabinet member for environment and transport, Councillor Gavin Dick, agreed to let Mrs Russell continue until the end of term next week - meaning she can have three more days of fancy dress. But she will have to have a second crossing officer with her to ensure she and the children stay safe.

3 comments:

yellowdog granny said...

I don't know if I should laugh or cry...how dumb is that.?

dom said...

The costumes .... or the council?

yellowdog granny said...

actually ....both..ha