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Tributes pour in to popular Hyndburn teacher
6:00am Tuesday 12th March 2013 in Hyndburn
HEARTFELT tributes have been paid to a gifted East Lancashire teacher who was found dead aged 39.
Christopher Allan, who lived in Accrington and Oswaldtwistle, made his career in the North East when he settled in the area after studying at the University of Northumbria in Newcastle.
But the former pupil of St Christopher’s High School, Accrington, remained close to his family in Oswaldtwistle, including dad Dave, a retired firefighter, mum Jean, brother Phil, sister-in-law Vicki and his niece Lucy.
Distraught pupils at the school in Gateshead where Mr Allan taught were being offered counselling last week after hearing of his death.
A spokesman for the St Robert of Newminster RC School and Sixth Form College, where Mr Allan taught for more than 10 years, said: “Everyone is deeply saddened to hear of his death.
“Chris was a well-loved and highly respected teacher and colleague. The thoughts and prayers of the school community are with his family.”
Christopher’s uncle, Geoff Hayward said: “Chris was an Accrington lad who did well. He became a fantastic, popular and gifted teacher who was much-loved by family, friends, colleagues and pupils.”
Mr Allan, who played cricket for Lancashire League club Enfield and was a lifelong Liverpool fan, was found dead last Monday in Chester-le-Street, County Durham. His death is not being treated as suspicious.
A book of condolence has been opened at the school. Headteacher Bill Branney said: “Chris was a committed member of staff who loved ICT and had a good repartee with his colleagues. The school community will miss him.”
Pupils took to social networking sites Twitter and Facebook to pay their respects. One pupil wrote on Twitter: “RIP, Mr Allan, can’t even believe it. You were lovely and so happy last week, you will be missed.”
His cremation will take place at Accrington Crematorium on March 22 from 3pm.
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