Thousands celebrate Ann’s life

The memorial service to celebrate the life of Leeds teacher Ann Maguire
The memorial service to celebrate the life of Leeds teacher Ann Maguire

NEARLY 2,000 people turned out to pay tribute to a tragic Wigan-born teacher who was stabbed to death in front of her class.

Pupils, past and present, from Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds, packed out the city’s town hall for the memorial to Ann Maguire, who was killed at the school in April this year.

Ann Maguire

Ann Maguire

The imposing ceremony lasted nearly two hours and saw the 61-year-old’s life honoured and remembered through song, prayer, letters and film.

Six choirs, from both Corpus Christi and the Diocese of Leeds, provided a rousing musical accompaniment to the thought-provoking proceedings, singing hymns which the audience joined in.

The singing came not only from the hall, which was packed to its 1,200 capacity, but also from the 500 or so who gathered to watch the memorial on two big screens outside. They too sang along with gusto.

Mum-of-two Ann, who was born and raised in Scholes and attended Wigan schools, was described by colleagues, who had worked with her during her 40-year career as a Spanish teacher at Corpus Christi, as a dedicated and committed teacher.

Reverend Monsignor John Wilson said: “Ann loved teaching, it was her dream as a very young child, her ambition as a teenager and her fulfilling reality for 40-years.

“She believed in the innate goodness of children and young people.”