School comes together to remember young Lucas

Pupils and staff of Bramble Brae School joined with family of Lucas Walker today (Monday, 12 September) to mark what would have been the popular pupil’s seventh birthday.

Lucas and his mother, Julie Walker, tragically lost their lives in an accident at Aberdeen beach on August 20.

To mark his birthday, balloons were released in the grounds of the school in the presence of his grandparents and three brothers.

Head teacher Amanda Murray said: “It was an incredibly emotional day for everyone but we felt it was very important to come together to celebrate the life of Lucas and to share memories of the fun and laughter he brought to Bramble Brae.

“It was fitting that family members were with us to see how fondly he is remembered and to take part in the balloon release.

“The events of last month will never be forgotten. What we have to do is ensure pupils, family members and staff who have been touched by this terrible tragedy continue to be supported through a very difficult period.”

Lucas was a P3 pupil at Bramble Brae School. Following the tragedy counselling was made available by Aberdeen City Council and continues to be offered to anyone affected by the deaths of Lucas and his mother.

Aberdeen City Council leader Councillor Jenny Laing said: “Young people are incredibly resilient but we should not underestimate the impact the loss of Lucas and his mum has had on the school community in Aberdeen and we want to reassure parents, guardians, staff and the children themselves that we are here for them.”