PUPILS and staff at a school are today mourning the sudden death of a popular teacher.
Paul Cable, who was a PE teacher at The Hermitage Academy, in Chester-le-Street, died when his Vauxhall Vectra was involved in a collision with a Volvo livestock transporter early on Saturday.
Students and staff gathered at the school gates last night to celebrate the life of the 31-year-old dad-of-one.
Mr Cable was pronounced dead after the accident on the A6076 Burdon Plain, between Stanley and Sunniside, in County Durham.
The Hermitage Academy put out a message on its Twitter feed to let people know about the tragedy.
Paying tribute to Mr Cable, the school’s principal, Jim Murray, said: “He was the loveliest of men, a great teacher and played a huge part in the school community.
“He was very popular with the students and someone who gave an incredible amount of time to support PE activities and trips.
“He will be sadly missed.”
Retired humanities teacher Trevor Blacklock, a former colleague of Mr Cable, said: “This will come as a great shock to everyone at the school.
“He was a smashing lad.
“As a PE teacher he will have been involved in the education of most of the pupils there.
“He was well liked by staff and students and this is a great loss for everyone at the Hermitage.”
It is expected that a day of sport will be held at the Hermitage to remember Mr Cable, who lived in Ryton, near Gateshead, with wife Claire and daughter Isabelle, two.
Northumbria Police are now investigating the crash and have appealed for any witnesses to call them on the non-emergency 101 number.