A MUCH loved school cook has hung up her ladle after nearly 37 years of serving generations of youngsters at a Wigan school.
Barbara Ashcroft started work at Orrell Holgate Primary School in February 1976 and since then she has served more than 580,000 meals.
Michael Wilson, headteacher at Orrell Holgate Primary School, said: “Barbara has looked after all of us and been our own master Chef for so long!
“Almost 10,000 children have been through the school during Barbara’s time.
“We will all really miss her and all wish her a very healthy, long and happy retirement.”