A SECRETARY has said an emotional goodbye to the school she has worked at for the last 27 years.
Marilyn Thompson retired from Hadrian Primary School in South Shields yesterday.
The 65-year-old, of Biddick Hall Drive, South Shields, has seen generations of families pass through the Baring Street school, including two of her own grandchildren.
Now, Mrs Thompson – grandmother to Kate, 17, Jack, 11, and 14-month-old Amelia – is looking forward to spending more time with her family and travelling.
She said: “It was a very emotional day yesterday watching the leavers’ ceremonies.
“I’m going to miss the kids so much. At the minute, I’ve got the children of the children who were at the school when I first started, and I don’t want to wait for the grandchildren. I think it’s time for me to leave.”
Headteacher Scott Brown said: “Mrs Thompson has been a cornerstone of our school for almost three decades.
“We all wish her the best as she embarks on a new chapter of her life. She’ll be a big miss.”
The Mayor of South Tyneside Coun Fay Cunningham visited the school to bid farewell to Mrs Thompson, as did governors’ chairman Jack Brown.
also thanked her for her service.