Bench in memory of Torphins man

Friends and family unveil the bench.
Friends and family unveil the bench.

A memorial bench dedicated to a popular Torphins teenager killed in a Deeside car crash was unveiled on Sunday.

Mark Scott, 19, died on Saturday, May 29, 2010, when the blue Mini in which he was a passenger collided with a black Citroen Saxo about a mile west of the Raemoir House Hotel.

He worked in the ScotMid store in Torphins, was a former pupil of Aboyne Academy and was due to start an aeronautical engineering apprenticeship with Rolls Wood Group.

After his death, friends and family donated money towards a bench and memorial stone to sit beside it, bearing a plaque. A total of almost £3,000 was collected.

The wrought-iron bench was designed by Torphins artist Emma Pattullo, of Platform 22 in the village, and was made by local craftsman Phillip Bruce.

It is situated in a garden area at the ScotMid store in Torphins, which was formerly Mother Hubbard’s.

Mark’s mother, Dorothy-Ann, says that Mark’s friends have been brilliant over the last two years.

“No words can really describe how proud I am. Mark’s friends have been so supportive to the family over the last two years and the bench means everything to us,” she said.

“It is a lovely design and the bench is in a spot where Mark and his friends used to play when they were younger. It was great of ScotMid to us to have the bench outside the store.

“I’d really like to thank everyone who has played a part in making this happen, and especially his friends who kept going with the idea, even though it took time. I’m so proud.”