Tributes pour in for much-loved Bakewell teacher

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Heartfelt tributes are pouring in following the death of a much-loved Bakewell schoolteacher who inspired generations of talented musicians.

Richard Barnes, who taught music at Lady Manners School for almost four decades, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family last Thursday. He was 65.

Hundred of past and present pupils and colleagues have taken to the social networking website Facebook to pay tribute to “legendary” Mr Barnes, who died of an inoperable brain tumour.

Richard Downes said: “A very sad loss to the world.”

Claire Wheeler added: “I don’t want to believe it – such a talented and special man. A real inspiration who will be so hugely missed.”

Angela Nobbs said: “A huge loss, but I’m sure he would be happy to know that he amused and inspired so many of the Lady Manners’ generations. His legacy will prevail for years to come and I, for one, will never forget him.”

Mr Barnes, who founded Bakewell Choral Society in 1978, was awarded an MBE for services to education and music in 2007.

In a statement, the group said: “His loss is immeasurable but his fervent desire was for the choir to continue and flourish.”

The choir will perform a special memorial concert at Lady Manners School at 7.30pm on Saturday, November 17.

Mr Barnes’ funeral will take place on Friday. There will be a private cremation followed by a service in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Ashford-in-the-Water, at 1.30pm.

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