Hexham high school to close for funeral of much-loved teacher
HEXHAM'S Queen Elizabeth High School will be closed on Friday as a mark of respect for much-loved teacher, the Rev. Alan Currie.
The 58-year-old died suddenly on September 28, having taught at the high school for more than 30 years and served as assistant priest at Hexham Abbey.
Mr Currie's funeral will take place at the Abbey at midday and large numbers are expected to turn out to pay their respects.
A notice to parents on the school's website reads: "As you will appreciate, a large number of our teaching and support staff wish to attend.
"Given this, it would be impractical and unsafe for the school to remain open.
"Having considered the situation carefully, we have made the decision to close the school for one day, for the reasons outlined above and as a mark of respect for Alan."