Stockton’s school crossing patrol service welcomed a new recruit when Wayne Allen, a presenter from TFM Radio, tried his hand at being a ‘lollipop man’ for the day.
Wayne, a father of two young boys, contacted the road safety team after judging a competition in which pupils from Stockton schools designed posters to highlight the dangers of parking on zigzag markings outside schools.
Wayne said: “I have done many things in my 10 years as a radio presenter, including swimming with sharks, but nothing made my hands sweat more than doing the crossing patrol. You suddenly realise the responsibility you have for everybody that crosses with you.
”My nerves would have been eased if I knew every car on the road respected a patroller but I had to have my guard up all the time looking out for drivers that simply did not adhere to the rules of the road.”
Peter Fleming, from the road safety team, added: “Many people don’t appreciate the difficulties that our staff have to deal with on an almost daily basis. By trying the job out at first hand Wayne has highlighted to his listeners what a vital and difficult role they play.”