Tribute to former Keighley headmaster Keith Whalley

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Keith Whalley, pictured in 1988 when he retired from Highfield School Keith Whalley, pictured in 1988 when he retired from Highfield School

Tribute has been paid to a former Keighley headmaster who has died aged 85.

Keith Whalley held the top post at the old Highfield School for 12 years, until his retirement in 1988.

Former pupil David Kirkley said: "The church was packed for his funeral service and there were hundreds of tributes to Keith on social media, highlighting the affection and inspiration he had for hundreds of Keighley's school children."

Mr Whalley attended the school as a pupil before going on to Keighley Boys' Grammar.

He then studied at university, in Nottingham and Leeds, before completing two years' national service.

His teaching career began at Silsden Secondary Modern in 1953, where he was in charge of physical education.

Mr Whalley moved to Highfield School, where his wife Edith was a teacher, seven years later as head of history, later taking the headship.

Mr Whalley played rugby union for Keighley in the 1950s, enjoyed orienteering, once finishing second in the British championships, and was a member of All Saints Church in Keighley, where his funeral service took place.

He is survived by his wife, a daughter Christine and two grandchildren.

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