Bury St Edmunds: Cathedral to hold celebration of tragic teacher’s life

A CELEBRATION will take place at a Suffolk cathedral to honour a much-loved teacher who was killed while out jogging two weeks ago.

Katherine Colson, 28, who worked at the King Edward VI school in Bury St Edmunds, died in the crash in Littleport just outside Ely on Friday, October 29.

Her school will be holding a memorial and celebration of her life in St Edmundsbury Cathedral on Wednesday, November 24, from 6.30pm.

Miss Colson, who went to school in Bury St Edmunds and had family in Newmarket, had been living in Black Horse Drove, just outside Littleport with her partner Graham Maynard, 38, for four years in the house they had built.

Following her death Mr Maynard said: “Words can’t explain it, she had a smile for everyone. We did everything together and we were complete together.”


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Her death came just days before one of her former pupils Emma Holloway was killed in a car crash as she travelled home from football training in Sudbury.

Two days before the 19-year-old died she had posted a tribute to Miss Colson describing her as a top person who would be missed by all.

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Staff and pupils at King Edward VI School were left reeling by the deaths which followed the death of year 10 student Tom Travers-Ashman who died of cancer, aged 15, on October 20.

After announcing the service for Miss Colson on the school’s website, headteacher Geoff Barton, said: “Thank you for the many messages of support over the past ten days as the school comes to terms with the deaths of Katie Colson, Tom Travers-Ashman and Emma Holloway. Your kindness has been overwhelming.”

Doors to the cathedral will open at 6pm for a 6.30pm start.

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