Eddie O’Hara, who taught Classics at School in the 60’s, has died, aged 78.

Born in Bootle, the son of a carter, he was a pupil at Liverpool Collegiate School and read Classics at Magdalen College Oxford.  He was appointed to teach Classics at School in 1966 and was known for his lively approach to lessons. During his time he led trips to both Italy and Greece.  In January 1970 he was appointed Lecturer at C F Mott College of Education, Liverpool.  It was in this capacity that he was instrumental in sending two student teachers to School, Lionel Austin (French and German) and Phil Whittel (Geography and Geology), both of whom were subsequently appointed to full-time posts, serving, respectively, for 12 and 20 years.

After serving as a Knowsley Councillor, in 1990 Eddie was elected Labour MP for Knowsley South, a position he held for 20 years.

Michael Hudson.