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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
24th August 1967 The Beatles met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at The Park Lane Hilton.
24th August 1961 Born today: Mark Bedders Bedfored, London, rock bassist (Madness)
24th August 1961 Mad Men actor Jared Harris was born in London.
24th August 1957 Comedian Stephen Fry born in Hampstead, London.
24th August 1954 William Heatherton's Reluctant Debutante, premieres in London
24th August 1940 Luftwaffe bombs London
24th August 1861 Swimming prodigy Agnes Beckwith is born in Lambeth, London.
24th August 1861 Mathematician and computing pioneer Ada Lovelace was born in London.
24th August 1841 Author, practical joker and inventor of the postcard, Theodore Hook, dies in Fulham
24th August 1591 Bachelor Poet Robert Herrick was born in Cheapside, London.
The Last Lollipop Lady
This is where the last lollipop lady in the City of London stood
Location: Queen Victoria Street, St Pauls
Description: Born in Holborn in 1924, Sheila Gallagher lived in London her whole life, working in the City since leaving school.
However she is most famous for her role between 1991 and 2010 when she was a school crossing patrol officer, as Lollipop Ladies (and Men) are formally known. She aided the pupils of the City of London School for Boys across the busy artery near St Pauls Cathedral.
In 2004 Mayor Ken Livingstone, thanked her for making an outstanding contribution to life in London on London Day and she was awarded the MBE by the Queen for her services to the community.
For many years Sheila was the only lollipop lady in the City of London, sadly becoming the final one when her role was made redundant with the introduction of a push button crossing.
She died in 2015 at the age of 90, and her final outfit can be seen in the Museum of London.