A teacher who has spent 30 years at the same nursery is retiring.
Brenda Maynard will spend her very last day at Lee Royd Nursery next week.
Brenda, 59, said she has loved her time at the Accrington nursery school and will miss the children and staff in particular.
She said: “I first came here when I left college and stayed until I had my family. I started doing supply around Accrington and ended up back here.
“When a full time job came up here in 1991 I loved it so much I considered myself very lucky.
“It’s just such a happy place to be. I have loved my job and I have felt very privileged as a teacher of young children helping them to blossom.
“I will miss all the children and the parents and my colleagues very much. Playing a small part in their journey through education and childhood, and seeing them as leavers ready for the rest of their education has been very satisfying.”
Grandmother-of-two Brenda, from Church, will bid a fond farewell at a dinner next week. She hopes retirement will give her more time for hobbies and her family.
The nursery was recently rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted inspectors.
She said: “I’m looking forward to spending more time with my husband Les and my family who have all supported me through my career. I’m going to do some walking, swimming, playing tennis and one day I hope to get to watch the Tour de France in France.”
She added: “The outstanding rating has been a really nice way to end.”
Marisa Bannan, school secretary, said: “She’s been here as long as anyone can remember.
“She even taught some of the parents of the children who are here now.
“She is an absolutely wonderful lady, she goes above and beyond all the time.
“She is wonderful with the children and she’s such a kind and caring person. It’s a real shame we’re losing her.”