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Bid to overturn ban on cheery lollipop man 'high fiving' children



It also claims that he encourages safe crossing because the children go to him because he is such a character, and to "get their high five".

However, the council said in a statement: "All our patrollers are trained to comply with the school crossing guidelines produced by Road Safety GB and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

"This requires that when crossing children over a road they need to remain static with one hand on their stick and the other stretched outwards."

Mr Mdikane, known affectionately as Smiley, hit the headlines in 2013 when he was hailed as Scotland's happiest lollipop man. He sings and dances and was previously praised by the council for his "excellent service".

The campaign claims that he encourages safe crossing because the children go to him because he is such a character, and to "get their high five" (SWNS)

He said he would respect the decision, but hoped officials would have a change of heart, adding: "I never saw any problem in it. I'm just doing my job, but this is very emotional and affecting me.

"I have been doing this for about two years and all of a sudden I have to stop. They need to listen to the community."

The former delivery driver and chauffeur added that it was the best job he had ever had, and took away from the "frustration and loneliness of being retired".

David Dufton, 36, a father-of-three who launched the campaign, said: "One minute they're saying they love him, he's a great guy and the next they're telling him he can't behave this way.

"He's a 74-year-old man and he's out there in all weathers.

If you are considering a trip to Scotland this year then clicking on he following link will provide facts and information especially useful to those interested in ##LINK~##.It's a bit unjust. I've never heard any one ever complain about him. Nkosana always puts a smile on people's faces."

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