Schoolbench unveiled at Moray school in memory of pupil

Kieran's mum is joined on the memorial bench by his classmates Carli Deacon and Mikey Maver. Picture: supplied
Kieran's mum is joined on the memorial bench by his classmates Carli Deacon and Mikey Maver. Picture: supplied
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Classmates at a Moray primary school have unveiled a playground bench in memory of seven-year-old Kieran McQuillan who was tragically killed in a road accident.

The bench has been installed at New Elgin Primary School in Elgin where Kieran McQuillan was a P2 pupil.

The bench bears a plaque which reads: “Sit, laugh, smile and remember our friend Kieran 2.4.10–7.4.17.”

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It is identical to a bench in the school playground on which Kieran would often sit before the start of classes.

Kieran died in an accident involving a van while he out was out playing near his home.

The school’s parent council decided to go ahead with a disco only days later and to donate the proceeds to a memorial to Kieran.

The balance of the cost of the bench – with flower planters on either side - was met from school funds.

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Kieran’s mother, Mary Johnston, attended yesterday’s ceremony in which all of Kieran’s P2 classmates took part and during which head teacher Ellie Pirie explained to them how the memorial bench came about.

A rowan tree which will flower each year around the time of Kieran’s birthday has also been planted in the playground in his memory.