Former school pays respects to Hartlepool mum killed in Manchester bombing

Manchester bombing victim Jane Tweddle, who was originally from Hartlepool.
Manchester bombing victim Jane Tweddle, who was originally from Hartlepool.
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Heart-warming tributes have been paid to Manchester bombing victim Jane Tweddle following her death.

Mum Jane, 51, who was the partner of former Hartlepool United star Mark Taylor, is one of 22 people who died in Monday’s bomb attack at Manchester Arena.

Mark Taylor is a former Hartlepool United player, and was part of Sam Allardyce's backroom teams at Newcastle United and Sunderland.

Mark Taylor is a former Hartlepool United player, and was part of Sam Allardyce's backroom teams at Newcastle United and Sunderland.

Popular Jane had gone to the arena with her friend to pick up her friend’s daughter at the end of the Ariana Grande concert.

Tragically, she found herself caught up in the atrocity, which as well as claiming the lives of 22 people, injured dozens more, many of who are currently in hospital in critical conditions.

People and organisations in the Hartlepool area connected to Jane spoke of their sadness at her death.

Jane had attended Dyke House School in Hartlepool in her youth.

The school’s executive principal Andrew Jordon said: “We would like to express our condolences to Jane’s family.

“It’s a long while since she attended Dyke House, but former pupils are always part of our community and our thoughts are with her family at this time of tragedy.”

Hartlepool United, which Mr Taylor played for between 1984 and 1986, provided their own tribute to Jane.

A statement on the club’s Facebook page said: “We are so sorry to learn that former Pools player Mark Taylor tragically lost his wife Jane in Monday’s attack in Manchester.

“Our sincere condolences go out to Mark, his family and all their friends.”

Jane, who lived in Blackpool with Mark, formerly worked at Alexander Walker, in York Road.

Several readers took to the Mail’s Facebook page to leave their own messages for Jane and her family.

Tracy Downes wrote: “RIP Jane. My thoughts and love go out to mark and family also pat Michael Phil and Sue and families so sad heartbreaking xxx.”

Lydia Assiouty wrote: “RIP Jane and may God bless your family.”

Liddie Kay added: “R.I.P Jane.

“Shine bright sleep tight you gained your wings gone but never forgotten.”

And Debbie Roberts wrote on the page: “So sad r.i.p xx.”