‘Great honour indeed’ for long-serving school caretaker

AN Omagh man who has diligently looked after a local primary school building for more than 30 years has been honoured for his services to education.
James Anderson (55), from McClay Park, received a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.
The father-of-four, who is married to Jeannie, has been caretaker at Omagh County Primary School since December 1986, some 32 years ago.
Speaking to the UH this week, the Sixmilecross native said it was a “great honour indeed” to have been bestowed with a BEM.
He said, “I’m looking forward to a day out, maybe even a weekend out!”
First employed by the then Western Education and Library Board in March 1980, Mr Anderson spent six years cleaning windows in schools and other WELB buildings in Tyrone.
He was initially named as temporary caretaker at Omagh County Primary School, before being given the job on a permanent basis around a year later.
“I’ve been here ever since – the rest is history! There’s been plenty of comings and goings, but I’ve enjoyed my time. Just the variety of jobs, there’s been a wide range of things from day-to-day,” he said.
The long-serving building supervisor is also well-known in Omagh for his involvement in the annual Marie Curie vintage rally in the town, which takes place traditionally on the second Saturday in June.
He is currently the treasurer of the Omagh Friends of Marie Curie.


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