TEACHERS at Marlborough Infant School paid their respects to a former headteacher who asked for her cortege to drive past the place she adored.

Rose Lilian Seal’s wish came true on Monday when the procession made its way slowly up Redvers Buller Road, North Camp, on her final journey to Aldershot Crematorium.

The much-loved teacher who lived in Church Crookham died recently in hospital, aged 87.

She taught at Church Crookham Infant School, Gally Hill Road, for 12 years where she became deputy head before taking up the post in Aldershot in 1966.

Her daughter Roberta Jane Seal Stewart said it was very moving.

“I was so touched. It was so poignant going past the school she loved so much.”

She said the funeral service, which included the hymns All Things Bright and Beautiful echoed her love and dedication to children.

“She was renowned for her kindness and understanding and will certainly be remembered for being an excellent teacher.

“So many pupils we have met have such vivid memories of her. She just loved them and wanted them all to have the same advantage in life.”

Many of the children she taught were from military families.

When she retired in 1981 the Aldershot Garrison commander, Brigadier Roy Nicholls, presented her with a plaque in recognition of her contribution to children.

Mrs Seal was widowed in 1977 when her husband Sydney was killed in a road accident.

The couple moved to the area in the 1950s when his job with the National Gas Turbine Establishment relocated to Farnborough.