Burnley primary school bursar retires after 18 years

St John's RC Primary School headteacher Mr Kieran Heakin and school secretary Mrs Marian Ryan who are both retiring with some of the leaving year 6 pupils.
St John's RC Primary School headteacher Mr Kieran Heakin and school secretary Mrs Marian Ryan who are both retiring with some of the leaving year 6 pupils.

The popular bursar of a Burnley primary school is retiring with many happy memories.

Mrs Marian Ryan has been the bursar at St John the Baptist RC Primary School for 18 years, having been appointed by departing headteacher Mr Kieran Heakin.

I will have many happy memories of my time at St John’s, not least working with Mr Heakin

Mrs Marian Ryan

Mrs Ryan, who has lived in Burnley all her life, praised Mr Heakin who retired on the same day.

She said: “I will have many happy memories of my time at St John’s, not least working with Mr Heakin.

“I couldn’t have hoped for a better boss. Mr Heakin has been an absolute gentleman. I will always value is kindness.”

Married to retired policeman Duncan for 32 years, Mrs Ryan (59) is now looking forward to a Mediterranean cruise and spending more time walking and gardening.

She started her career as a clerical assistant aged 16 at former Burnley law firm Cooper, Smith and Williams before working at Calder Water Board, and a year in Munich as an au pair.

A Mass was celebrated for Mr Heakin and Mrs Ryan at St John’s Church before a farewell party in the school for the long-serving pair.