CHILDREN, staff and Dudley South MP Mike Wood have thanked Wordsley lollipop “legend” Delia Mills for almost 46 years of dedicated service of helping little ones to cross the road safely.

As well as celebrating her 80th birthday, this year also marks the popular school crossing patrol’s 46th year of service helping children to get safely to and from Belle Vue Primary School in Wordsley.

With Delia being a self-declared Status Quo superfan, staff arranged an assembly where the children treated her to a rendition of Quo classics; and to finish the week pupils gathered on the school field to sing Rockin’ All Over The World to Delia.

Dudley South MP Mike Wood, dropped by to congratulate Delia and said: “I was barely one-year-old in 1977 when Delia first started crossing children at Belle Vue, and it really is something special to think how many smiles and waves Delia will have shared with children and parents over those years.

“Delia is a truly special lady who deserves our thanks for her dedicated service to our community, as well as our wishes for a very happy 80th birthday.”

Headteacher Joel Marshall added: “Delia is a cherished member of our school community. She has been a welcoming face to our children and their families for nearly 46 years. We cannot thank her enough and wish her a very happy birthday.”