School in Yorkshire’s Crellin name honour

MANX HONOUR: Retired Manx headmaster Mark Crellin Tweedle has an extension at his Yorkshire school named after him

MANX HONOUR: Retired Manx headmaster Mark Crellin Tweedle has an extension at his Yorkshire school named after him

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A MANX headteacher has had an extension at a school in Yorkshire named after him.

The Crellin Building was opened earlier this year at Heckmondwike Grammar School by HRH Prince Edward.

The name Crellin was chosen because it is the middle name of the school’s former headteacher, Mark Tweedle, who retired last year. Mr Tweedle, 57, was born in the old Noble’s Hospital in Douglas, the town where he grew up.

Crellin was his grandmother’s maiden name. Her family was from Foxdale, where her father was a miner in the metal ore mines.

Mr Tweedle was a pupil at Murray’s Road Primary School and Ballakermeen and St Ninian’s High Schools before studying at Leeds University and becoming a physics teacher.

His mother, Vera Tweedle, 83, lives in Waverley Court, Douglas.

Mr Tweedle had taught at the Yorkshire high school for more than 20 years. The name of the new extension was chosen in honour of his outstanding contribution to the school’s success.

It was he who instigated the extension to allow more pupils to attend. Previously around 400 younsters took the entrance exams each year but only 100 could be taken on.

The father of three grown-up daughters will continue to live near Heckmondwike with his wife Annabelle. But he continues to pay regular visits to his mother in the island.

The former member of Douglas Town Band specifically moved to Yorkshire because of his love of brass band music and continues to play the euphonium today.

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