A fitting tribute was paid to a popular former Hartlepool headteacher as a memorial garden was opened at her former school.
Joy Lowe, who was headteacher at Lynnfield Primary School, in Grosvenor Street, died in October 2011, just a week after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
The school resolved to make a lasting tribute to the 61-year-old, and yesterday, her daughter Ruth officially opened the garden made in her mum’s honour.
The garden will be used by the children during lessons, and among the items on show in it are hanging baskets, rose beds and a poly tunnel, in which vegetables and flowers will be grown.
The fact the children will get the chance to benefit from the new area makes it a fitting tribute to the school’s former headteacher, according to assistant headteacher Drou Easton.
She said: “Joy was a pillar of the community, and had been at the school for over 20 years.
This is exactly the sort of thing Joy would have liked, especially as it involved the children and they will benefit from it in their educationDrou Easton, assistant headteacher of Lynnfield Primary School
“Her death affected the whole school massively, and at the time, we did a balloon release as a tribute to her.
“The school council and the children decided they wanted to have a memorial garden for her, and after a lot of fundraising and a lot of hard work, we’ve finally been able to open it.
“This is a fitting tribute to Joy, and the children will be able to do some work in the garden as part of their curriculum.
“It’s exactly the sort of thing she would have liked, especially as it involved the children and they will benefit from it in their education.”
In addition to the memorial garden opening, the school also held its summer fair yesterday.
And the combination of the two events made it a ‘day of celebration’ for those at the school.
Mrs Easton added: “The children had a lovely time, and the weather held out for us.
“It was great for them, as it was their design and they were able to see all of the work come to fruition.
“We also held our summer fair, so it was a day of celebration for us and one which everyone enjoyed.
“It was a very busy day, with rides on, as well as a magician, balloon maker and stalls selling various items, and it was lovely.”