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Pupils pay tribute to the Henley ‘legend’ Mr Hand

TOUCHING tributes for a much-loved teacher continue to pour in following his death on Christmas Eve.

TOUCHING tributes for a much-loved teacher continue to pour in following his death on Christmas Eve.

Douglas Hand from Henley-in-Arden High School sadly passed away after a long battle with cancer.

The 55-year-old was a loyal servant to the secondary school, spending an incredible 33 years working as a teacher there.

And as well as being an important member of the English department, the father-of-one was also actively involved with P.E and offering career advice.

Hundreds of messages have been left on the school’s Facebook profile praising the man many describe as a ‘legend’.

Rosina Ayling left the school last year and hailed Mr Hand as the ‘best form teacher in the world’.

“Those five years at Henley just wouldn’t have been the same without you,” she said.

“It’s so hard to believe.”

Mr Hand will also be remembered for his larger-than-life character and his ability to keep pupils entertained with his funny jokes.

“He was just a fantastic guy and so much fun,” said Stew Kingscott who left Henley High School 12 years ago.

“I still tell the jokes he taught us to this day. R.I.P Doug.”

Deputy Head of the school, Marina Kelly said that his presence around the building will be sadly missed.

“It’s a huge loss and are thoughts are with his wife, son and family,” she said.

“After 33 years at the school he became well-respected and well thought of.”

Mrs Kelly also confirmed that the school will talk with Mr Hand’s family to discuss holding a memorial to celebrate his life.

 

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