Hapton dinner lady Margaret recognised for 25 year milestone

Margaret Thorndyke is presented with flowers and a certificate to mark her 25 years service to Hapton CE VA Primary School as a dinner lady ANL-150218-141703001

Margaret Thorndyke is presented with flowers and a certificate to mark her 25 years service to Hapton CE VA Primary School as a dinner lady ANL-150218-141703001

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A dinner lady who has been dishing-up meals at a Suffolk school for 25 years was served up a surprise treat of her own earlier this month to mark the special milestone.

Margaret Thorndyke first began her career at Hapton CE VA Primary School in 1990, and serves the children their cooked dinners and supervises them during lunch.

She was surprised by Norse, who provide dinners for the school, with a bouquet of flowers and a certificate as recognition of her service.

Her association with the school has been a long one, spanning three generations – she, as well as her husband Stephen, attended the school as pupils. Since then, her two children and all five grandchildren have studied there.

“It was a quite a surprise. I thought it was going to go by without being noticed,” she said. “I have always supported the school in a way (having been a pupil). I have been connected to the school for a long time. I love working down there otherwise I would not do it. There is always something different every day, and the children get to know you, and I get to know what they like and don’t like more than the parents!”

She said not much had changed in her role in 25 years – although she believes meals are now more nutritious, and there is more paperwork to be completed.