LAST week marked not only the end of a term for Gomersal Primary School, but the end of an era as its longest serving member of staff said her final farewell.
Hilary Hepworth locked the school gates for the final time last Friday, as she retired as the school’s caretaker after over 30 years of service.
Hilary, 65, joined the then Gomersal First School back in 1974 when her son, Nick, was a pupil there. Her husband, Graham, and his mother are also past pupils there.
Headteacher David Warbrick said: “Hilary has been a part of this school as long as anyone can remember, and it will be very strange coming back after Easter without her.
“She is loved and respected by all at the school, staff and children alike, and we all wish her a very long and healthy retirement.
“She has promised not to be a stranger, and knows that there will always be a cup of tea and a seat in the staffroom when she’s passing!”
Hilary said she planned to take full advantage of her free time, and is looking forward to a peaceful retirement with Graham.
She said: “I’ve loved the atmosphere of the school and being with the children. We’ve had lots of laughter over the years with the staff and children alike. I really will miss them.
“I’d like to thank everyone for making my retirement so memorable, I was made to feel really special.
“Now we’re looking forward to taking holidays in term-time when they’re not so expensive.
“We could get two for the price one of one!”