Former North East footballer and coach mourns death of partner in Manchester bombing

Manchester bombing victim Jane Tweddle is thought to be from the Hartlepool area.
Manchester bombing victim Jane Tweddle is thought to be from the Hartlepool area.
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A former North East footballer and coach has paid tribute to his partner after she was confirmed as one of those killed in the Manchester suicide bomb attack.

Ex-Hartlepool United player Mark Taylor - who was a key part of Sam Allardyce's backroom teams at Newcastle United and Sunderland - is mourning the death of his partner, Jane Tweddle.

As well as being a former Hartlepool United player, Mark Taylor was also a trusted part of Sam Allardyce's backroom teams at Newcastle United and Sunderland.

As well as being a former Hartlepool United player, Mark Taylor was also a trusted part of Sam Allardyce's backroom teams at Newcastle United and Sunderland.

Jane, who is believed to be from the Hartlepool area, is one of 22 people confirmed to have died in Monday's blast at the Manchester Arena at the conclusion of a concert by American singer Ariana Grande.

Hartlepool-born Mr Taylor has revealed that the 51-year-old had gone to the Manchester Arena with a friend to pick up her friend's daughter.

Jane was a receptionist at South Shore Academy, in Blackpool.

Mr Taylor told BBC Radio Lancashire: "Jane was obviously a lovely lady and a very good mother to three daughters, liked by everybody, especially in the community in Blackpool where she worked.

"All the school children and work colleagues are reaching out pass on their condolences, and obviously all of her family.

"She was full of life, very energetic with the children, and going to functions and all sorts of different things - skiing and all those happy times and activities."

A suicide bomber set off an improvised nail bomb at 10.33pm on Monday, shortly after the concert had finished.

Mr Taylor added: "She had gone back to pick them up as arranged and they were both waiting in the area where the explosion happened.

"Unfortunately, Jane didn't come back.

"I was in London away on business and one of my daughters rang me at the hotel and said that mum had gone missing and there was an explosion.

"I turned the news on to find out what had happened, and at that point she was notified as missing.

"We were hoping she was in a hotel or a hospital with an injury."

Confirmation of Jane's death was received by the family last night.

Meanwhile, South Shore Academy also paid tribute to a hugely valued member of staff.

The school's headteacher, Jane Bailey, said: "Jane was a well-loved member of staff and our thoughts are with her friends and family at this terrible time.

"Jane was a truly wonderful friend and colleague to all of us at South Shore Academy.

"As our receptionist, she was in many ways, the public face of the school and she represented us amazingly in this role.

"We have received numerous messages of condolences from parents, students, community members and colleagues across Blackpool for which we are very grateful.

"All of them say the same things about our lovely Jane; bubbly, kind, welcoming, funny, generous - the list goes on.

"Our thoughts are also with her family at this dreadful time and in particular her three daughters. In our school family and theirs.

"She is irreplaceable, much loved and will never be forgotten."