Memorial stone unveiled

A poignant memorial stone to a Deeside teenager killed in a car crash has been unveiled in Torphins.

Mark Scott, 19, died in May 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.

Mark worked in the Torphins Morning Noon and Night shop, was a former pupil of Aboyne Academy and was due to start an aeronautical engineering apprenticeship with Rolls Wood Group.

As reported in the Piper earlier this year, after Mark’s death, friends and family donated money towards a bench and memorial stone to sit beside it, bearing a plaque.

Mark’s friend Terry Woods told the Piper: “The idea for the stone came up at one of the many meetings organised and run by a group of Mark’s friends, at which his family would come along to help out and join in as well.

“In these meetings, we would talk about what we where gong to do for Mark’s memorial tributes and the idea of the stone came about. The plan was to get a stone, shape it, put a plaque on it and have it sit outside the new Scotmid store in Torphins.

“At one of the meetings, a very close friend of Mark and his family, Andrew Gray, came up with the idea of instead of buying a piece of rock and shaping it, finding a stone from a place where we, as kids, would hang with Mark, and use that.

“We all thought that was a good idea because it would mean something to us personally.”

For full story, see this week’s Deeside Piper