HOCKLEY pre-school has waved goodbye to two popular members of staff, who between them have clocked up 50 years of service at the school.

Play leader Janice Barnett has been at the school, in Bramerton Road, for 32 years, and deputy play leader Mandy Radley has been there for the past 18.

Both are retiring and plan to take well-deserved holidays and spend more time with their grandchildren.

The duo were surprised on Wednesday by a cake and flowers from some of the pupils.

Michelle Smart, assistant and colleague at the school, said: “There were a few tears shed among all the staff at the end of the day.”