Balloons tribute to stabbed teacher Ann Maguire
Published 05/05/2014 | 21:03
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."