THE SCHOOL bell rung for the final time for a married couple who worked and lived next door to a South Kirkby school for more than two decades.
Caretaker Ian and his assistant – and wife - June Sale lived in the home adjacent to Northfield Primary School for 23 years.
During that time they were on call day and night making sure the school was always in tip-top condition for the pupils.
Mr Sale was also a dab hand at repairs, fixing shelves, decorating and numerous other jobs around the school and Mrs Sale was always right there supporting him.
The couple – who have been married for 41 years - are moving from their school-side home to Havercroft where they hope to enjoy the quiet life.
Mr Sale, 61, said: “I have really enjoyed my time at the school and will be sad to leave.
“But there comes a time when your body tells you it is time to stop.
The school held a special assembly last Thursday to say farewell.
The couple’s grown-up children - Joanna and Christopher – also attended.
Headteacher at the school Liz Bradley said: “The children, parents, governors and staff are very sad to be losing two very special members of the team.
“They have been invaluable in support of the school. They are always there to help, offer assistance and give encouragement.”
She said they had worked above and beyond what was expected of them by staying late after school events to ensure the school would be ready for the pupils the next day.
Mrs Bradley added: “The school will not be the same without them.
“I would like to wish them well and to say a special thank you for all their help and support.
“ I hope they will continue to share their friendship with us all at Northfield and hope they have a happy retirement.”