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Tributes to former Spalding Gleed Girls' teacher who has passed away aged 85

Tributes have been paid to a hugely respected retired teacher, Carol Burton, who has passed away aged 85.

Carol moved to Spalding after marrying husband Ivor in 1955.

She taught at Gosberton, Gedney and Spalding County Primary schools, Spalding High School and Gleed Girls’ School from 1972 until retirement 25 years ago.

Retired teacher Carol Burton was "a kind, loyal and caring friend".
Retired teacher Carol Burton was "a kind, loyal and caring friend".

Friend Janet Sauter described Carol as “a brilliant French and English literature teacher”.

Janet said: “Carol was a kind, loyal and caring friend, one of a kind who would encourage her pupils and give help to anyone who needed it.”

Carol was a long-time supporter of the peace movement, helped establish Oxfam in Spalding with Betty Matthews, loved amateur dramatics, belonged to U3Aand was a prolific writer, including a column for the Free Press under a pen name. Spiritually Carol felt at home with the Quakers.

Carol was born in Friskney and aged 10 won a scholarship to Skegness Grammar School and aged 17 won her second scholarship to Nottingham University, gaining a BA Hons in English literature.

As well as being wife to Ivor, Carol was mother to Rowena, Wendy and Nick, mother-in-law to Sharon and Simon, and grandmother to Joseph, Jasmine, Juliet, Hannah, Robin and Alex.

Carol passed away on October 22 and a memorial service was held at Ayscoughfee Hall and a green burial at Ketton Park.

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