Garden area is in memory of Mantha
- Credit: Archant © 2007
A new memorial garden area and restored bench have been unveiled during a special tribute event.
The newly-created area at Gunton Primary Academy was unveiled in memory of Samantha Castledine, who died on the way to school in March 2007.
There was applause as the ribbon was cut during a special ceremony at the school in Gainsborough Drive.
And there was praise for the efforts of local businesses – led by Lowestoft-based construction company Wellington – as 'a positive legacy for Samantha's memory' was revealed for future generations.
Samantha – known as Mantha – died after being in a collision with a lorry on the A12 Yarmouth Road on her way to Gunton Primary.
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The new landscaped garden area has been created around Samantha's bench – a wrought iron seat which was installed at the school in 2007 in her memory.
The original bench was designed by the children, who worked with Julian Grant – of Ro Co Engineering – to amalgamate lots of ideas and create a bench based around the letter S.
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Now fully restored, it was unveiled along with a number of new
features. Samantha's family – including mother Jackie and older sisters Jo and Lyndsey – attended the unveiling, with Mrs Castledine cutting the ribbon to open the new area.
Mrs Castledine said: 'It's beautiful. When you think of the generations
of kids that will benefit and appreciate this area, what a lovely thing it is.'
Wellington commercial director James Denny said: 'It was a real honour to work on a project like this.'
Gunton Primary Academy headteacher Matthew Jordan added: 'It is a truly wonderful improvement to Samantha's memorial and such a positive legacy for Samantha's memory.'
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