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Caretaker bids school farewell after 100,000 miles.

A CARETAKER whose family has been looking after a Bradley school for two generations has retired.

Tony Krol, 59, bid farewell to students and teachers at All Saints Catholic College after 38 years in his post.

The father-of-two has a long association with the school as a former pupil of St Augustine's - the previous school on the site - from 1963.

His Polish father, Jozef Krol, also helped build the school and once it opened in the 1960s worked and lived on site as the school's caretaker.

Tony trained as an apprentice tiler before starting work at All Saints alongside his father in 1974, when he was just 21.

He took over the role as caretaker when his father retired in 1985.

He estimates he has walked the equivalent of four times around the world during his time looking after the school.

He said: "I have been here for 10,000 days and I wear a pedometer which measures that I walk about 10 miles a day.

"I have worked it out I have walked 100,000 miles, which is the equivalent of four times around the world."

He is now looking forward to travelling around Europe in a camper van with his partner Liz Nikoumaram.

Headteacher Anita Bodurka said: "Tony has been a tremendous asset to All Saints Catholic College over the last 38 years.

"He has a life association with the school, through his family connections.

"His parents worked here, Tony attended the school and his children attended the school too.

"He has always been very willing to support all staff and students in many ways and he will be sorely missed.

"We wish him well for the future, especially on his travels."

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* FAREWELL: Caretaker Tony Krol with headteacher Anita Bodurka and students, from left, Thabo Dube, Amber Asquith, Conor Ruane and Shauna Gunning (PW160312Bcaretaker)
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Mar 17, 2012
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