COMMUNITIES across the country have saluted the dignity being shown by people in Leeds as they stand shoulder to shoulder following the death of Ann Maguire.
Leeds City Council chief executive Tom Riordan yesterday revealed the local authority had received words of encouragement from far and wide since the tragedy.
Mr Riordan said: “We have been inundated with messages of support from so many people across the city and the country, including members of the business community, councils and partners, and I want to sincerely thank people for that.
“Everyone involved this week, especially the students, headteacher and staff at the school, have reflected the remarkable community spirit that Ann Maguire epitomised.”
Mr Riordan’s comments were echoed by Coun Keith Wakefield, leader of the council. He said: “In a time of such great sadness and tragedy it is very difficult to look for positives, but I really must pay tribute to the staff and students of Corpus Christi Catholic College, who have been an absolute credit to the city.
“The way they have dealt with such a tragedy, particularly in dealing with the unprecedented media attention, has been outstanding.
“I would also like to thank the police and other partners for the amazing support and careful handling of this dreadful incident.” A minute’s silence was held in memory of Mrs Maguire before Leeds Rhinos played Wigan Warriors at Headingley Carnegie Stadium last night.
Another minute’s silence is planned ahead of Leeds United’s game at home to Derby County today.