Cramlington school says fond farewell to cook

A school cook is hanging up her apron after serving thousands of meals to children.

Thursday, 18th March 2021, 9:00 am
Updated Monday, 22nd March 2021, 4:27 pm
Margaret Hume.

Staff, pupils and parents at Shanklea Primary School, in Cramlington, have bid a fond farewell to catering manager Margaret Hume.

Margaret has worked at the school since 2008, moving there following the re-organisation of middle schools in Cramlington after previously working in local pubs around Belford and Cragside School and Parkside Middle School.

She said she was looking forward to retirement, in which she will be able to spend more time with her family, and hopes to do some travelling.

Margaret has already been approached by members of the local community to start baking for different groups.

During her time at Shanklea, Margaret has been integral to many community events, serving afternoon teas at school fairs and leavers’ celebrations and creating many themed days for the children.

Helen Brown, headteacher, said “Shanklea Primary School encourages everyone ‘to be the best they can be’ and Mrs Hume has certainly done that.

"She is always friendly and smiling and is a real Shanklea Superstar.”

The school did not let her go without a fuss – special words have been created to the tune of her favourite song – Bye Bye Baby by the Bay City Rollers – and the children have found ways to wish her a fond farewell, including writing poems about their favourite food memories, particularly her classic pink cake and custard.