June Wood with her retirement presents.

A parent and toddler group in Gaywood has said farewell to one of its founders, who has retired after 14 years in charge.

June Wood, 79, of King’s Lynn, set up Little Lambs with her husband in 2006.

The group, housed in the Evangelical Church in Gayton Road, meets twice a week so parents can socialise while their children play.

The leaders who help run the group got together with some of the parents to throw a surprise retirement party for Mrs Wood, presenting her with gifts and bouquets.

“I didn’t know anything about it and it was a real surprise,” said Mrs Wood.

“I was in tears, I was really touched by the gesture. I didn’t expect anything like that.”

Presents included some plants, a voucher to spend at a local garden centre, afternoon tea at The Duke’s Head in Lynn and a special cake baked by one of the mums at the group.

“I love my garden and I find that I am slower at doing things these days, so the extra time will be helpful,” joked Mrs Wood.

Mrs Wood said she saw the group as a lasting legacy to her late husband, adding: “We saw it very much as a community thing when we started and it has just gone from strength to strength.

“I’ve loved every minute of it and it came as a wrench to step down but I am trying to be practical. I shall soon be 80 and I think it is time I packed up.

“I would like to say thank you to all the mums who have come over the years. Some are on their second or third child and have been coming a long time.”

The group meets every Wednesday and Friday from 9.30am to 11am. It costs £1.50 per parent and child, which includes coffee and biscuits for the parents and snacks for the children.