Mourners urged to wear bright clothes at funeral of school teacher who died in quarry accident

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MOURNERS have been urged to wear bright colours at the funeral of popular teacher who died tragically in a Quarry diving accident.

Kelda Henderson, 36, died after she failed to resurface during a diving trip at Prestonhill Quarry in Inverkeithing, Fife, on Sunday July 9.

Police and emergency services rushed to the scene to mount a rescue operation, but unfortunately Ms Henderson’s body was recovered the following day at 10.30am.

Gatherers are urged to wear bright colours at the service which will be held at Mortonhall Crematorium, Edinburgh, at 11.00am on Monday 24th July.

The mother-of-one was a popular teacher in the drama department at George Heriot’s school in the city, and tributes flooded in for the well respected member of school staff.

The School opened a book of condolences to which all members of the school community were invited to contribute.

The intention was to give the book to Kelda’s family once it was filled.

George Heriot’s principal Cameron Wyllie said: “Ms Henderson was an immensely talented, compassionate and vibrant person who loved teaching drama.

“She inspired a love of her subject in many young people over the years. Those of us at school are very shocked.”

The tragedy came two years after 18-year-old John McKay drowned at the same quarry in 2015, while Cameron Lancaster, also 18, was killed after jumping into the quarry the previous year.

Following the two deaths, Forth Diver Training was launched to provide diver training courses in a bid to prevent another tragedy.

However, a public petition launched a week ago calling for the Quarry in Inverkeithing to be filled in has reached 980 signatures, only 20 away from its goal.

This is not the first time locals have called for Prestonhill Quarry

The petition reads: “How many lives must be lost before someone takes action? Our thoughts are with all involved, past and present.

“It’s the worst feeling seeing a helicopter searching in the night sky in the quarry. Please empty the place and fill it in!”

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