Mark’s seat a step closer

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The design of a memorial bench dedicated to a popular Torphins teenager killed in a Deeside car crash, has been finalised.

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 just under £3,000 was collected.

The wrought-iron bench has now been designed by Torphins artist Emma Pattullo, of Platform 22 in the village, and will be made by a local craftsman.

It will be situated in a garden area at the new ScotMid in Torphins, when it opens at the former Mother Hubbard’s store, hopefully before the end of the year.

“I knew Mark, as he had done a few jobs for us at Platform 22 and when you were in the shop, he always greeted you with a smile,” said Emma, 40.

“I was chatting to the manager and said if I could help out in any way, I would.

“We had meetings trying to decide how to go forward and while the youngsters were all speaking and saying things they felt were important, I sketched out various different ideas.

“I then let them vote on it – it’s not something I’ve guided them on, they chose. It’s a wrought-iron bench that’s slightly contemporary, with a semi-circle shaped seat. It will have flat bands of iron going vertically instead of horizontally and I am just waiting to find out if the ironworker can work on the design of it.

“They wanted it to be something that could be used not just by themselves as Mark’s friends, but also by other members of the community.

“They thought about having a plaque up at the Learney Hall so when they sat in their cars they would see it, but they needed planning permission for that so we had to have a rethink.

“The bench was a fairly early idea but the biggest thing was where to put it? We talked about putting it in the park, but when ScotMid agreed to put it in their new garden, we thought that was perfect as there was a natural link to Mark there.”

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