A school governor in King’s Lynn has stepped down after 35 year’s loyal service.

David Ferra, 76, first volunteered at Springwood High School when it formed in 1979.

A group of parents met with the newly-appointed headteacher early on, and he was unanimously chosen as the first chairman of the parent teacher association.

In the mid-1980s, parent governors were introduced and, with two sons at Springwood, Mr Ferra took on a new role.

Despite working full time, he stayed on the board as a regular governor when his children left school.

On retiring from the electricity board, Mr Ferra also spent five years working as site manager at the school.

“He was technically working part-time, but, living very close by at the time, he did that and much more” said associate headteacher Mark Ballman.

“As a governor, he brought a lot of wisdom and knowledge with him, asking us all the tough questions without ever telling us how to run the school.

“He gave up hours and hours of his time and really was one of those public servants that are very hard to come by.”

A buffet was held at the school last week for Mr Ferra and he was presented with an aerial photograph of the school, in Queensway, to remind him of his contribution to its development over the years.

Roger Livesey, chairman of trustees for the West Norfolk Academies Trust, led the thanks.

Mr Ferra, who still lives in Lynn, said he was looking forward to spending more time travelling in his campervan.