"I CANNOT believe it has been 20 years," says school business manager Sarah Whalley, who is celebrating a long-service award.

The "much-loved" colleague at Wilson's Endowed CE School in Over Kellet has treated herself to a new garden shed with her gift from Lancashire County Council.

Head teacher Jo Williams said: "Wilson's Endowed CE School has always been blessed with a wonderful team of dedicated staff, many serving our community for a considerable number of years.

"It is wonderful to celebrate Sarah's achievement and all that she brings and gives to our school."

Sarah began working in Lancashire schools in November 1999, and joined Over Kellet in September 2001.

She was one of the first candidates to gain a diploma in school business management from the National College of School Leadership.

"My job is different every day and the people around me make it special," said Sarah.

"The children always bring a smile to my day - some little ones even think I knit their uniform!"