Mov­ing ser­vice is trib­ute to well loved teacher

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A ME­MO­RIAL ser­vice was held in hon­our of Beech Hall School teacher Richard Davis, 59, who died in March.

The ser­vice, at St Peter’s Church, Prest­bury was for staff, pupils and par­ents to re­mem­ber the teacher they de­scribed as ‘re­mark­able’ and ‘in­flu­en­tial’.

The emo­tional event in­cluded readings by guests, with hymns, prayers, po­ems and mu­si­cal recitals.

Con­tri­bu­tions also in­cluded a piece from Year 10 pupil Milly Lea, which she con­cluded by say­ing: “I didn’t know Mr Davis but wish I had.”

Mu­sic was pro­vided by year six ju­nior head girl Daisy Hop­kin­son and year 11 pupil Katie Far­ley, who sang, and year nine pupil Brad Mon­roe, who per­formed a ver­sion of Chopin’s Noc­turne.

Year 11 head girl Seona Wynn-Grif­fiths and year 11 pupil Fraser Brad­bury told of their own ex­pe­ri­ences with Mr Davis and year nine pupils shared their mem­o­ries of him, in­clud­ing his pen­chant for ac­cents and TV’s Black­ad­der.

Maths teacher Cathy Jay talked about the ri­valry be­tween houses and Mr Davis’ in­tel­lec­tual prow­ess in quizzes.

The ser­vice con­cluded with head boy, Joe Hul­son, shar­ing lines from a poem: “I wish you could have known your value to the world, to have ac­knowl­edged it, to have be­lieved it. Thank you teacher.”

Head­teacher James Allen said: “Mr Davis was a fan­tas­tic and in­spi­ra­tional teacher who will be missed by all who knew him.

“The tributes to him were truly heart­felt and pulled on ev­ery­one’s heart­strings.

“There were laughs as we looked back at fond mem­o­ries of him and he would’ve been touched to hear the amaz­ing things ev­ery­one said about him.

“It was a great ser­vice, nec­es­sary to re­mem­ber a great man.”

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