Public memorial service for murdered Leeds schoolteacher

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Plans were today announced for a memorial service that will celebrate the life of murdered Leeds schoolteacher Ann Maguire.

The service will take place at Leeds Town Hall on Monday, September 29, starting at midday.

Members of the public are being encouraged to join invited guests to show their appreciation for mother-of-two Mrs Maguire’s long years of service at Halton Moor’s Corpus Christi Catholic College.

Full details of the programme for the event will be issued at a later date.

Monsignor John Wilson, the apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Leeds, said: “The memorial service has been planned in conjunction with Mrs Maguire’s family so that there might be an opportunity for everyone who wants to honour Ann’s memory to attend.

“It is right and fitting that we pay tribute to someone who devoted her professional life to teaching young people.

“We want to prayerfully remember and celebrate her wonderful legacy of service to Catholic education in our Diocese and the city of Leeds.”

Coun Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “Ann Maguire spent her whole career educating, nurturing and supporting generations of young people at Corpus Christi Catholic College.

“This public memorial service will give us all an opportunity to celebrate her life and her outstanding contribution to education in the city.”

Mrs Maguire, from Moortown, was fatally stabbed as she taught a lesson at Corpus Christi on April 28.

The 61-year-old’s death prompted a huge outpouring of grief across the city.

She had taught at Corpus Christi for more than 40 years and was due to retire in September.

Her funeral at Moortown’s Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in May was attended by hundreds of mourners.

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