Cooking up a treat for Sue, stalwart of school kitchen

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AN ASSISTANT cook who has helped dish up tens of thousands of meals at a school in the Dispatch district was served a treat of her own to mark 30 years of service.

For SUE DAWSON was presented with a cake and a large bouquet of flowers during a special assembly at Hawthorne Primary School in Bestwood Village.

As part of the celebration, head cook Pam Walker baked individual fairy-cakes for every pupil at the school.

Dedicated Sue (59), who lives on Lancaster Road in the village, said she didn’t want too much fuss over the landmark anniversary but appreciated the effort everyone had gone to.

“I love my job,” she said: “There isn’t one morning when I’ve woken up and thought oh no.”

Sue started doing temporary work at the school on School Walk but has been part of the permanent staff since 1982.

Her son, Tim (now 36), was a pupil at Hawthorne but has lived in New Zealand for the last decade.

Sue has been married to Philip for 39 years. They have one granddaughter, five-year-old Abigail.

Added Sue: “I’ve enjoyed all my time at the school, especially working under three great cooks in Pam, Eva Orgill and Janet Matthews. I have no plans to retire yet. I enjoy it too much!”

Maria Greeley, who is the office manager at Hawthorne, has known Sue for 24 years.

She said: “Sue is much-loved by everyone at the school. There would be a massive void if she ever decided to leave us and retire.”

n OUR PHOTO shows Sue serving cakes to pupils Camaran Shaw-Powell, Demetri Bate and Alisha Iqbal, watched by the rest of the school — DISPIC NHUD12-0197-1.