Three hon­oured by tal­ent awards in pupils’ mem­ory

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS - KAREN BRIT­TON

THREE tal­ented pupils have been re­mem­bered in a poignant cer­e­mony when stu­dents were given awards in their hon­our.

Stu­dents at Fal­li­b­roome Academy were pre­sented with per­form­ing arts awards in mem­ory of three pupils who died in tragic cir­cum­stances.

It was the first year the school has pre­sented awards in mem­ory of Robert Hart, who died a year ago af­ter be­ing at­tacked at Park­life fes­ti­val in Manch­ester, and So­phie Spencer, who died af­ter a car crash in Novem­ber.

They were pre­sented along­side an award in mem­ory of Fer­gus Moran, a keen rock gui­tarist who died in 2008 aged just 12 from a rare lung con­di­tion.

The Per­form­ing Arts Night of Achieve­ment cel­e­brates the ef­forts of hun­dreds of stu­dents in dance, mu­sic, drama and media, in the school and com­mu­nity.

It was an emo­tional night for the fam­i­lies who said the awards help to keep mem­o­ries of their loved ones alive.

Robert Hart’s mum Elaine, who lives in Bolling­ton, pre­sented the Rob Hart In­spi­ra­tion Award to Year 12 stu­dent Matt Jevons for his achieve­ments in Mu­sic Tech­nol­ogy.

Mrs Hart said: “We were very proud to present the award in mem­ory of Robert, it was an emo­tional evening.

“Robert loved mu­sic and it’s a fit­ting trib­ute that this award will be pre­sented each year in his mem­ory.”

For­mer stu­dent So­phie Spencer was 24 when she died af­ter her car hit a tree on Mac­cles­field Road last Novem­ber. The keen ac­tor, singer and dancer was hon­oured with the So­phie’s Star award for out­stand­ing achieve­ment in mu­sic theatre.

The award went to Year 13 stu­dent Phoebe Ran­some.

Lena Spencer, So­phie’s mum, said: “It was beau­ti­ful and a real hon­our. So­phie would have been over­whelmed.”

The award in mem­ory of Fer­gus Moran has been pre­sented for the past seven years. This year it went to gui­tarist Jonny Mitchell from Year 13 and was once again pre­sented by his par­ents, Fiona and Dave Moran.

Mrs Moran said: “We were de­lighted to be able to present this award again. It means so much to the fam­ily be­cause it helps keep Fer­gus’ mem­ory alive and re­flects his love of rock mu­sic.”

Karen Fay, di­rec­tor of Per­form­ing Arts, said: “The evening was an in­cred­i­ble and of­ten mov­ing and up­lift­ing re­minder of the im­pact per­form­ing arts have on the lives of the stu­dents at Fal­li­b­roome, past and present.”

Fal­li­b­roome stu­dents Rob Hart (be­low, with girl­friend Gemma Parry), So­phie Spencer (above left) and Fer­gus Moran (above right), pic­tured with mum Fiona


●● Elaine Hart and ex­ec­u­tive prin­ci­pal of the Fal­li­b­roome Trust, Peter Ru­bery, present Matt Jevons with the Rob Hart In­spi­ra­tion Award

●● Phoebe Ran­some with So­phie’s par­ents Lena and Pete Spencer and her So­phie’s Star award

●● Jonny Mitchell with his award and Fer­gus’s par­ents, Fiona and Dave Moran

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