A MUCH-LOVED councillor who died from cancer earlier this year has been remembered with touching tributes from pupils.
Pupils and staff at Golden Flatts Primary School, in Seaton Lane, Hartlepool, held a balloon release in memory of Seaton councillor Cath Hill, who died in February.
In a second poignant tribute, a commemorative stained glass designed by pupils was unveiled in her honour.
Coun Hill’s son Ian Hill was a special guest to see how pupils had shown their appreciation of all that the independent councillor had done for them.
Coun Hill, 76, was the chair of governors at Golden Flatts for 10 years and served on the governing body for several years beforehand.
Headteacher Sue Sharpe said: “She was a very familiar figure in our school and well-liked by the children.
“We wanted to hold an event for the children and families in our community that would enable us to show our appreciation for the enormous contribution Coun Hill made to our school.
“We were delighted that so many parents and governors were able to join us.”
The school held a competition for pupils to design a stained glass window to be dedicated to Coun Hill and the children chose the design they liked best.
The window, designed by pupils Callum Smith and Briain Appleby, was unveiled for the first time at the memorial event.
The winning design combines the lighthouse from the school logo with a seascape.
The event opened with a drumming display, followed by youngsters sharing their memories of Coun Hill.
Staff and pupils then sang a selection of their favourite songs.
Mr Hill was asked to help the children unveil their window.
Mrs Sharpe added: “This was a very proud moment for the two boys who produced the winning design.
“Our guests then joined us on the school field for a balloon release.
“We closed the event with a family picnic.
“We were delighted to be able to show our gratitude for someone who had been such a big part of our school community for so many years.”