Park memorial for tragic Ann

Mesnes Park
Mesnes Park

A HOMETOWN memorial for tragic schoolteacher Ann Maguire is set to be unveiled next week.

Wigan Council and Leisure and Culture Trust officials have been in talks with Mrs Maguire’s family over recent months.

Plans include a memorial plaque at the Mesnes Park pavilion and a rose planted in the memorial garden.

Mrs Maguire, who grew up in Wigan as Ann Connor, worked at the pavilion during her younger years.

The 61-year-old mum-of-two was murdered in a classroom at a Leeds high school in April.

Last month the boy responsible, 16-year-old Will Cornick, received a life sentence.

Sister Denise Courtney said her family have wanted a place of remembrance in Ann’s hometown.

She said earlier this year: “Simply, we would like to do this because Ann was born and bred in Wigan and she spent time in the park as a little girl, as we all did, that’s where our mum would take us. And Ann later worked at the ice-cream parlour.

“We are delighted that something will happen.

“I know a lot of people from Wigan have already been across to Leeds to where Ann is buried to pay their respects. It will be nice to have something a bit closer to home.

“There are lots of family and friends still in Wigan, it will be nice to have somewhere for them to reflect.”

The Evening Post understands the memorial unveiling which may be a private ceremony with Ann’s family will take place next week.

Last month, Joanne Ramdewor, of WLCT, said: “We have been liaising with family members to provide a fitting memorial for Ann at Mesnes Park; a plaque in the Pavilion where she used to work.”