An “inspirational” teacher and "fun-loving" frient was on her way to a wedding when she was fatally injured in a four-vehicle crash.

Moyra Whelan, head of history at Woodbridge High School in Woodford, was on her way to a schoolfriend’s wedding when she was involved in a collision near Aldsworth in the Cotswolds last Friday (December 2).

The 35-year-old died in hospital afterwards.

Ilford Recorder:

In a statement released by Gloucestershire Police, Moyra's loved ones said: "We are all mourning the passing of our beloved daughter and sister Moyra Whelan. She was the second youngest of seven siblings and lived in East London.

"Moyra loved her job and the children loved her back.

"She was an inspirational teacher, a straight-talking, fun-loving friend to many and the sunshine of our family. She enjoyed life to the full and was on her way to a wedding of one of her school friends when tragedy struck."

Ilford Recorder:

Woodbridge High School headteacher Steven Hogan said: "This is the most terrible and tragic loss to our school.

"Ms Whelan was an amazing history teacher and head of department. Her classroom was a superb place to be, buzzing with energy.

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"So many students have benefited from her wisdom, knowledge and expertise."