School’s out for Edith

Edith Johnson.
Edith Johnson.
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A Widdrington woman was given a send-off to remember as the final bell rang on her long-running teaching career.

Edith Johnson retired on Friday after a 35-year stint in the profession, which has seen her educate youngsters in Red Row, Hadston and Amble.

She received a special goodbye on her last day as pupils and colleagues gathered in the playground of James Calvert Spence College’s (JCSC) South Avenue site to greet her with banners and flags with pictures of her on.

The 61-year-old said: “I was overwhelmed by the gesture.

“We were told we were having an extended lunchtime. I came into the yard and all the children were there.

“They were shouting and flags were being waved. I won’t forget it.”

Mrs Johnson started her career in Red Row, before moving to the former Druridge Bay Middle School in Hadston and then onto JCSC in Amble.

She said: “I will miss teaching and I will miss the children and my colleagues. I would like to thank all the pupils, parents and colleagues, both past and present.”

Looking ahead to her retirement, Mrs Johnson, who has four children and one grandchild, said: “My husband is retired so we are looking forward to doing what we want, when we want.”