Early years worker Bernadette Gallacher, from Kildrum, has notched up 28 years of service - firstly at Croy Nursery then at Holy Cross Nursery class. Many of her original pupils are now bringing their own children to the school – and have been happy to see a familiar face.
Nursery teacher Elizabeth Kerr said that her colleague’s departure is something they view with great sadness – but acknowledges that Bernadette will now be able to enjoy more time with her own family.
Mrs Kerr said: “Bernadette has shown commitment and affection to many under fives here. We wish her a long, healthy and happy retirement.’’
A special presentation was handed over to an emotional Bernadette, who said: “I was sad to leave but I am going to come back and do some voluntary work at the nursery so they are not getting rid of me just yet!’’
A trip to New Zealand is now on the cards where Bernadette will visit son Kenneth’s family - including two-year-old grandson Matthew who she’s never met.