Tributes paid to Hartlepool mum who died in Manchester atrocity

Jane Tweddle, who was killed in Monday's suicide bomb attack in Manchester.
Jane Tweddle, who was killed in Monday's suicide bomb attack in Manchester.

Tributes have been paid to a Hartlepool mum who was killed in the Manchester suicide bomb atrocity.

Jane Tweddle, 51, the partner of former Hartlepool United star Mark Taylor, was yesterday confirmed to be one of 22 people who died in Monday's bomb attack at Manchester Arena.

Jane was the partner of former Pools player Mark Taylor.

Jane was the partner of former Pools player Mark Taylor.

The former Dyke House School pupil 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.

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

Tributes have flooded in for the mum-of-three on social media.

On Facebook, Kelly Day wrote: "My god. I haven't got words to say how heartbreaking this is, with all the lives lost. My heart goes out to them all."

Trevor Lynn added: "So sad, RIP. Thoughts with her nearest and dearest."

Shazza Scott posted: "Heartbreaking, too many losses x"

Deborah Rose said: "So sad. RIP."

Stephen Fox wrote: "So sad."

Michelle Marcelline added: "Very sad news. Such a senseless loss of a life. RIP."

Jaki Rutherford posted: "So sad xx"

Former Pools star Mr Taylor, who played for the club between 1984 and 1986, was also born in the town, and was a trusted part of Sam Allardyce's backroom team during his time at Newcastle United and Sunderland.

He yesterday paid tribute to Jane, who was a receptionist at South Shore Academy, in Blackpool.

Mr Taylor told BBC Radio Lancashire: "Jane was obviously a lovely lady and a very good mother to three daughters, liked by everybody, especially in the community in Blackpool where she worked.

"All the school children and work colleagues are reaching out pass on their condolences, and obviously all of her family.

"She was full of life, very energetic with the children, and going to functions and all sorts of different things - skiing and all those happy times and activities."

On the night the attack took place, Mr Taylor added: "She had gone back to pick them up as arranged and they were both waiting in the area where the explosion happened.

"Unfortunately, Jane didn't come back.

"I was in London away on business and one of my daughters rang me at the hotel and said that mum had gone missing and there was an explosion.

"I turned the news on to find out what had happened, and at that point she was notified as missing.

"We were hoping she was in a hotel or a hospital with an injury."

South Shore Academy also paid tribute to a hugely valued member of staff.

The school's headteacher, Jane Bailey, said: "Jane was a well-loved member of staff and our thoughts are with her friends and family at this terrible time.

"Jane was a truly wonderful friend and colleague to all of us at South Shore Academy.

"As our receptionist, she was in many ways, the public face of the school and she represented us amazingly in this role.

"We have received numerous messages of condolences from parents, students, community members and colleagues across Blackpool for which we are very grateful.

"All of them say the same things about our lovely Jane; bubbly, kind, welcoming, funny, generous - the list goes on.

"Our thoughts are also with her family at this dreadful time and in particular her three daughters. In our school family and theirs.

"She is irreplaceable, much loved and will never be forgotten."