TEARS flowed from pupils and teachers at Walwayne Court Primary as two treasured staff members said their goodbyes after a combined service of nearly 50 years.

Business manager Jo Rowett and administration officer Di Robles said a fond farewell to children as they broke up for the summer holidays on Thursday.

Mrs Rowett has been at the Trowbridge school from the very beginning, when it opened its doors back in 1991 and Mrs Robles is not far behind on 23 years of service.

Gifts were given to the duo on their final day of work and teachers held a celebratory event to celebrate their contribution to the school over the years.

“Over the course of the years, there have been many high points but the best bit about the job has been working with the children,” said Mrs Rowett.

“I worked at the old Margaret Stancombe School before I moved here, working with three headteachers, and I can safely say I have thoroughly enjoyed it.

“I will really miss the fantastic people who come to this place. It is funny to see that children who came through these doors as pupils are now taking their children here and they still remember me and Di - it has been quite a ride.”

Mrs Robles said: “We just try to make the school run as effectively and efficiently as possible and going by the reaction to us leaving, people really appreciate that.

“I will miss seeing the teachers and children but all good things must come to an end. We were on Good Morning Britain for Trowbridge in Bloom which was fun. I wish everyone the best.”

Both staff members have not got any immediate plans, other than looking forward to retirement.

Assistant head teacher Sharon Turley added: “I have been here for 14 years and it has been an absolute pleasure working with them.

“They are just an amazing part of our really big family. They have put in more than their job’s worth. They are the face of the school. The children simply adore them.

“Both of them have their special touches, for instance Jo gives the children a special envelope if they lose a tooth.

“Many children were in tears on the last day. They and all of us will miss them dearly.”