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BEING dedicated to your job now has a new meaning thanks to Ipswich's favourite lollipop man Geoff Watson.

The humble Mr Watson has been honoured with an official certificate of appreciation for his duty as a school crossing supervisor at Ipswich Central State School since March 1984 when the school opened.

That is 25 years of dedicated service to a role most do not consider when they are thinking of job options.

Mr Watson said he loved his job because the kids treated him so well.

“The kids are fantastic to me,” Mr Watson said.

“If they weren't so nice I probably wouldn't do it but they always say thanks and make sure to ask me how my day is which is nice.”

The 60-year-old is a lone wolf in a female dominated industry.

He gets paid a casual rate and works nine days out of every fortnight.

He actually never applied for the job.

After a career as a boilermaker, Mr Watson was forced into retirement because of back pains.

When it came time to appoint a crossing supervisor, the principal at Ipswich Central State School suggested Mr Watson.

“I didn't even ask for it,” Mr Watson said.

“Someone just said, 'Hey mate you're doing it', and I did.

“My daughter went to the school and I had always acted as an unofficial crossing supervisor when I dropped her off so that's probably why they wanted me to do it.”

Mr Watson said he was honoured to be recognised officially, but he wanted it to be known he was not the only dedicated lollipop man in Ipswich.

“I think there's probably others who have been doing it longer than I have,” he said.

“But it is really nice to be recognised and I appreciate it.”



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