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Memories of ‘an inspiration’

Posted on April 22 2012 at 12:10:00

One of Pete Rippington’s former pupils has created a commemorative book using pictures and stories sent from around the world.

Richard Atkinson, who is now 37, appealed on Facebook for any memories and photos and had such a response that the hardback book grew to more than 100 pages.

He told The Village that Pete taught both him and his wife, Adele, and was a guest at their wedding three years ago. The couple have just moved back into Alvechurch.

“Peter, or Sir as he was known by even his oldest pupils, was a legend and will always be remembered as the greatest teacher around,” said Richard.

“He was an inspiration to everyone he taught and I wanted people to have something to remember him by.”

Copies of the book will be available at the charity football match on May 11 at £20 (profits to Pete’s Memorial Fund), or anyone interested can email Richard at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

A group of villagers is planning to install a slate memorial to Pete Rippington in the small garden where a floral tribute stood after the coach tragedy.

Roofer Tom Molloy, whose children were taught by Pete, has acquired a piece of Welsh Bangor slate and he is now looking for a stonemason or similar to engrave a tribute.

Anyone who can help should email Barbara Baker on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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