An adopted man who traced his biological father has discovered that they were both working in the same profession, for the same council.
When Darren Wardle met his biological father Paul Ferris, he found that they both worked as lollipop men for Staffordshire County Council.
Despite working just 15 miles away from each other, their paths never crossed.
Darren said: "It definitely runs in the family, because my wife, mother-in-law and my Dad are all in the job. My adopted mother was also a lollipop lady for years in Wednesbury where I grew up, so from an early age I knew what was involved and valued the job that they do."
Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council has said in his New Year message that creating more jobs and economic growth remain the top priority in 2013.
I believe we face three key challenges across Staffordshire in 2013; creating more jobs and stimulating economic growth; ensuring our organisations are as efficient, innovative and as effective as possible; and working together to combine knowledge, expertise and financial power to make a real difference in our communities.
– Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council
New planning laws announced today strike the right balance between protecting the environment and helping to deliver jobs, says Staffordshire County Council.
“The delivery of a less complex planning process which can help regeneration projects to get off the ground more quickly and stimulate job creation will add to Staffordshire’s drive for greater prosperity.
– Ben Adams, Councillor for Planning Policy at Staffs County Council