As a lollipop man he has protected countless children when they quite literally took their first steps into education in Helston.

As they continued through Parc Eglos Primary School and later Helston Community College, Frank Timmins was there to usher them across the road, when they walked to and from lessons.

Now, after almost two decades, Frank has put down his lollipop sign for good and retired from the road – but not before he was given a send off by his grateful charges.

Frank was thanked by the whole of Parc Eglos School when he visited one of their assemblies for a special presentation.

All of the children had contributed to a “thank you” book for him, writing messages and drawing pictures to show their gratitude.

Headteacher Brett Dye said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to Frank Timmins from all of us at Parc Eglos School.

“Every school depends on its support staff to function properly. For many years, through all seasons and in all weathers, Frank has ensured that countless children have arrived at school and reached home safely.

“We could not let his retirement pass without thanking him for his years of sterling service to the children, past and present, of Parc Eglos School and to wish him every happiness in his retirement.”