Sunday 26 October 2014

Balloons tribute to stabbed teacher Ann Maguire

Dave Higgens

Published 05/05/2014 | 21:03

Over 500 people gather to release balloons in memory of teacher Ann Maguire who was stabbed to death by a pupil last week at Corpus Christi Roman Catholic College, Leeds. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 5, 2014. See PA story COURTS Teacher. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Over 500 people gather to release balloons in memory of teacher Ann Maguire who was stabbed to death by a pupil last week at Corpus Christi Roman Catholic College, Leeds. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 5, 2014. See PA story COURTS Teacher. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE. FACE PIXELATED BY PA PICTURE DESK. Undated handout file photo of Ann Maguire. A 42-year-old man has admitted posting abusive Twitter messages about the murder of school teacher Ann Maguire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday May 5, 2014. Robert Riley, from Port Talbot, South Wales, appeared before magistrates in Leeds today where he admitted sending a message of a grossly offensive, abusive or malicious character. The messages were not read out in court but the bench heard that some of them related to the murder of Mrs Maguire, 61, at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds a week ago. See PA story COURTS Teacher. Photo credit should read: Prince Chaponda/PA Wire 

NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
School teacher Ann Maguire
Tributes are written on balloons before being released into the sky in memory of teacher Ann Maguire who was stabbed to death by a pupil last week at Corpus Christi Roman Catholic College, Leeds. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 5, 2014. See PA story COURTS Teacher. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Tributes are written on balloons before being released into the sky in memory of teacher Ann Maguire who was stabbed to death by a pupil last week at Corpus Christi Roman Catholic College, Leeds. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 5, 2014. See PA story COURTS Teacher. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Hundreds of pupils and former students of Ann Maguire gathered tonight to launch balloons to remember the murdered teacher.

The community of Halton Moor, in Leeds, came together this afternoon to mark a week since Mrs Maguire, 61, was stabbed to death in her classroom at Corpus Christi Catholic College.

More than 500 people gathered on field opposite the huge floral tribute that has accumulated outside the school gates as a tribute to the much-loved teacher.

Current year 11 pupils took on former students in a football match before the neighbouring Corpus Christi Church tolled its bell once to mark the moment when everyone let go of their balloons.

Around 700 balloons - many with personal messages to Mrs Maguire written on them - soared into the sky and over towards Leeds city centre.

Throughout the day stalls sold cakes, a raffle was organised and collection buckets were filled to raise money for the school as a traditional Yorkshire brass band played.

Organisers said the school could use the cash in any way it felt appropriate to remember the Spanish and RE teacher who taught at Corpus Christi for more than 40 years.

Teenagers taking part in the football match had specially made shirts bearing Mrs Maguire's name, which the players paid for themselves.

Sinead Harper, 11, and Summer Blenkinsopp, 12, said people had been extremely generous as they weaved through the crowds with collecting buckets.

"We're just happy that everyone's come to pay their respects," said Sinead.

The girls said Mrs Maguire was loved by everyone at Corpus Christi.

She said: "She was lovely.

"Even if she was sad she always had a smile on her face. She was just wonderful."

Press Association

Read More

Editors Choice

Also in World News