A DINNER lady was given a special celebration on Friday after 25 years of service in a Wooburn Green school canteen.

Sheila Hussey, 59, has worked at The Meadows Combined School in School Road, Wooburn Green, since 1982, becoming a governor two years ago.

Her role has developed into senior mid-day supervisor, in which she has initiated fun games and sports for the children. Four years ago she began a breakfast club for pupils dropped off early by working parents - a task that sees her in the kitchen at 7.30am.

She said: "I just love working with children. I love the job and it's right on my doorstep. I joined when my daughter was in her last two years there. A job came up and I thought it would be ideal for me. I used to do office work but I much preferred working with children."

Celebrations went ahead despite adverse winter weather conditions which kept half of the pupils away from school.

Family, friends, colleagues and pupils from over the years showered her with flowers, a gold watch, handmade cards and a bottle of champagne in a special afternoon assembly by the children. She also received a long service award from Buckinghamshire County Council.

She said: "We had a meal and it was a day off for me as I didn't lift a finger, I was waited on hand and foot. The children were lovely."

A spokesman for the school, who did not want to be named, said: "She works above and beyond her job description. We wouldn't be without her."