Dinner lady marks 48 years at Northampton school

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A dinner lady who has worked at a Northampton primary school for 48 years has celebrated her 75th birthday.

Julie Barrack first began working in the kitchen at St Luke’s Ceva Primary School in Duston in 1965 and later moved on to become a lunchtime supervisor.

Mrs Barrack, who celebrated her 75th birthday with her family on Saturday, said: “I’ve just always liked working here. There is a really nice atmosphere. The school has changed a lot since I’ve been here but children are still the same. They maybe come in to school with more confidence as they have usually been to nursery first,” Mrs Barrack added.

To mark her 75th birthday and 48 years at the school, Mrs Barrack was presented with a bunch of flowers on Friday.

Carol Smith, administrator at St Luke’s, said: “She has been associated with the school for nearly 48 years. She is a fantastic role model to the children, she helps in the interviewing process of new lunchtime staff and is a stalwart of the community.”

St Luke’s school is the oldest school in Duston and opened in 1856.

In February 2008, the school relocated to new site but has continued to maintain a close relationship with St Luke’s Church.

Mrs Barrack was a cook when she first started at the primary school in 1965 but now helps to serve the hot meals which have been provided on the school site for the past two years.