Family heap praise on star students

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The parents of a Blackpool teacher who died suddenly after collapsing have offered heartfelt thanks to the pupils who loved and respected him.

The parents of David Pinder, a PE teacher at Highfield Humanities College, South Shore, delivered a message to his colleagues and students thanking them for their condolences following his death.

Headteacher Ian Evans with pupils Abbie Monaghan, 14, Josh Connolley, 13, right, and Corie Summers, 14, all dressed in PE kit as a tribute to Mr Pinder.

Headteacher Ian Evans with pupils Abbie Monaghan, 14, Josh Connolley, 13, right, and Corie Summers, 14, all dressed in PE kit as a tribute to Mr Pinder.

Mr Pinder, 47, who had worked at the school on Highfield Road for more than 20 years, was found collapsed by a colleague in the school at around 11.30am on Tuesday.

Paramedics were called and he was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital, but he later died.

In a message, displayed in the school’s entrance hall alongside dozens of bunches of flowers and tributes left for the former rugby player, the family wrote: “We wanted to thank all of you for the kindness and respect you have shown for David at this very sad time.

“We are comforted by the fact he obviously made such a positive impact and was such a big part of Highfield.

Tributes at Highfield Humanities College for teacher David Pinder.

Tributes at Highfield Humanities College for teacher David Pinder.

“All that we ask is that you do what he taught you - do well in life and be the best you can.”

Photographs of Mr Pinder, demonstrating sport techniques to young sports players, are being displayed on screens at the school alongside the handwritten tributes.

Mr Pinder’s mother Linda told The Gazette: “We just want to say a huge thank you to everyone for all the messages.

“We are so very, very grateful to know how happy he was at Highfield.

“We are enormously proud of all the pupils and staff and the way they have responded.”

Headteacher Ian Evans praised his pupils for their mature and sensitive reaction.

He said: “David loved his job and helping the children and they recognised that.

“They have conducted themselves in a respectful manner, being mature and unselfish, and have shown a solidarity to support each other.”

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