Tributes to a much loved Wigan teacher

Wigan through and through - Zoe Halliwell
Wigan through and through - Zoe Halliwell

TRIBUTES have been paid to “wonderful” teacher Zoe Halliwell who has died.

Ms Halliwell, who worked at Hope School, tragically passed away on Wednesday after she suffered a brain haemorrhage while on a trip to London with some of her colleagues.

Family and friends are today coming to terms with their loss and have spoken of their shock, grief and heartbreak, including Latics manager Roberto Martinez.

It wasn’t only her school teaching where she touched so many hearts, Zoe was a popular scout leader which led her to meet people from across the UK.

Friend and headteacher at Hope School Peter Dahlstrom has paid an emotional tribute to the 48-year-old, describing her as a wonderful teacher.

He said: “She was a friend to everyone who met her.

“A quite wonderful and inspirational teacher and a lovely person.

“She was known throughout Wigan through working both as a teacher and a scout leader. She was fantastic with children.

“We will miss her dearly here at Hope School and our thoughts obviously go out to her partner Liz and family.

“It was a pleasure to know her and be her friend.”


Zoe had been in the capital last weekend with teaching friends from Hope School in Winstanley where they spent time sight-seeing and watching the Lion King.

But when Zoe, of Beech Hill, didn’t wake on Sunday, she was taken to Charing Cross hospital where she never came round.

Her parents and partner Liz travelled to London to be by her side, as did Mr Dahlstrom from Hope School who hadn’t originally been on the trip.

Zoe was a devoted Wigan Athletic fan and season ticket holder.

She made national headlines in December when she appeared on Sky during the Wigan v Chelsea match wearing her – now famous – turkey hat.

As a result, the club invited her to the DW Stadium to meet the manager Roberto Martinez, who has today paid tribute to her life.

He said: “This is very tragic news. Zoe touched our hearts with her colourful support and it was a real honour to meet her.

“She leaves a big hole in the Wigan Athletic family and our thoughts go out to her family, friends and all the people she touched so much. She will be sadly missed.”

Zoe, who attended St John Fisher High School, previously worked at the former Montrose High School.