Eyemouth High PE teacher isseriously injured in rally crash

shocked staff and pupils at Eyemouth High School have united in wishing their popular head of PE well after he was seriously injured in a horror rally smash last weekend.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 26th October 2010, 4:04 pm

Colin Richardson, the principal teacher of Physical Education at Eyemouth High Scool, is still in hospital following the accident which happened last Saturday, October 9, during the 41st Tunnock’s Mull Rally.

Eyemouth High school headteacher, Dave Watson, said: “We are deeply shocked to hear about Colin’s terrible accident.

“This shock has been felt in school, where Colin is both well liked and respected by students and highly regarded by friends and colleagues.”

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Mr Watson said that the wider community were also shocked by what had happened.

He added: “This shock has also been felt beyond school with messages of support for Colin and his family coming from the wider community both in Berwickshire and beyond.

“We are united in wishing him well in his recovery.”

Mr Richardson, who lives at Leitholm, was competing in Mull Rally last weekend as a co-driver, alongside driver John Cowe from Swinton.

Disaster struck in the second stage of the rally at Gribun, when their car, a Ford Escort MK2, collided with a rock known as ‘Horne’s Rock’.

As a result of the crash the car reportedly caught fire and the second stage of the rally had to be cancelled.

Both Mr Richardson and Mr Cowe were taken to the local hospital at Salen.

Mr Richardson was later airlifted to the Southern General Hospital, Glasgow, where he is still being treated.

His condition is described as stable.

Eyemouth High School staff were informed about the accident and given an update on Mr Richardson’s condition by Mr Watson on Monday, on their return to work following the half-term break.

The school’s senior management team visited all classes early on Tuesday morning - the students’ first day back at school - to let the pupils know what had happened.

Mr Richardson has taught and encouraged a number of Berwickshire’s sporting stars at the school over the years, and staff and pupils, together with members of the wider community, are all wishing him well.

The Tunnock’s Mull Rally was a closed road National B Stage rally promoted by Mull Car Club.