In a sunny spot lies a special place for Riley

Riley Turner's mother Sharon Smith and partner Guy Earwaker with children Tyler Earwaker, two, and Mackenzie Turner at the opening of the trail

Riley Turner's mother Sharon Smith and partner Guy Earwaker with children Tyler Earwaker, two, and Mackenzie Turner at the opening of the trail

First published in Keighley

Pupils, parents and staff gathered in the sunshine outside Worth Valley Primary School to open a new trail in memory of tragic Riley Turner.

And his twin brother Mackenzie was the first to clamber on to the equipment.

Riley’s mum Sharon Smith, who cut the ribbon to launch the trail, said: “I just want to thank everybody for all their support and what they’ve done for us. I think the trim trail looks great. The kids love it.”

Her partner, Guy Earwaker, said: “This will always be a special place for Riley.”

Speaking to the pupils, head teacher Cheryl Edge said: “Riley was best known in school for fun and having a laugh so we decided on a trim trail because this is somewhere for children to have fun.

“I want to thank the parents, children and everyone else who contributed. The notion of community is really strong at Worth Valley Primary and we’ve pulled together at a time of sadness.”

Donations for the equipment were offered by Co-op Funeralcare and Keighley West Community First. One anonymous donor gave £2,500.

The trail has been located next to a friendship bench also in memory of Riley. It was made by Worth Valley Primary parent Andrew Willoughby, using materials given by his employer, Hallidays Joinery.

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