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Memorial garden opened in honour of four children killed in Stafford house fire

The memorial garden at Castlechurch Primary School in Stafford

A memorial garden created in memory of four young children who died in a house fire has been officially opened.

Riley Holt, aged eight, Keegan Unitt, aged six, Tilly Rose Unitt, aged four, and Olly Unitt, aged three all passed away following the tragic incident in the Highfields area of Stafford in February.

The memorial has been built in the grounds of Castlechurch Primary School, where three of the four children were pupils at the time of the fire.

The centre piece of the garden is a six-point star - purposely chosen to represent the four children, the school and the local community.

Much of the hard-work that has gone into creating the memorial has been carried out by Paul Milgate-Scarrott who has got people on board to help out with materials and other resources needed to bring the plans to reality.

Year 5 pupils at Castlechurch have also been getting involved, planting many of the colourful bedding plants that sit in the wooden star.

Mrs Nicola Glover, head teacher at Castlechurch, says that in the Autumn all the students will be allowed to plant a snow-drop bulb that will then flower around the same time as the anniversary of the tragedy.

Mrs Glover said: "I think they (pupils) are very pleased that there will be a lasting memory of the children. It's lovely to have a place where they can go and think outside the school.

"At the moment it's very brightly coloured, so it's cheering everybody up. It's really lovely for the community."

The memorial garden will be formally opened by the Mayor of Stafford, Councillor Gareth Jones, with members of the emergency services also in attendance.

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