I WAS saddened to hear of the death of Mary Rundle (formerly Miss Penty), who was the cookery teacher at Hurworth School for many years. It is so sad as she was killed in a car crash.

Mary helped organise a reunion of her former pupils every year. The events began following an appeal by Sharon Griffiths that was published in The Northern Echo.

Even though she had to travel from Solihull, Mary never missed a reunion.

The last one was held in July 2010 and we all had an excellent time.

Afterwards thoughts turned to 2011, a date was fixed and arrangements made. Now this.

This letter is to let everybody know of the sad death of a much loved teacher in such tragic circumstances. However, she has left a lasting legacy for us all to treasure.

Doreen Turner (nee Hodgson), Thirsk.