Heartfelt tribute to teenage crash victims

Jenna Barbour, David Armstrong, and Josh Stewart. Pictures: Comp

Jenna Barbour, David Armstrong, and Josh Stewart. Pictures: Comp

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SEVENTY wooden hearts are to be placed at the spot where three teenagers died in a horror car crash.

The hearts will each carry a personal message from friends and relatives in tribute to the youngsters.

Josh Stewart, 16, David Armstrong, 15, and Jenna Barbour, 18, died when Jenna’s green Peugeot 206 careered off a country road near Tyninghame, East Lothian, and smashed into a wall on November 25 last year.

Josh’s mother, Susan Stewart, said she wanted to create something special in memory of her son and his friends.

She said: “I’m doing a memorial garden at the site at Tyninghame.

“We have had donations from Dunbar Garden Centre and Asda. And I have issued 70 wooden hearts to friends and family of Josh, David and Jenna. We’re going to get them varnished and people can write little messages on them.”

She said she had been to visit the site twice since the accident.

“The last time was a couple of weeks ago. It will be nicer once the garden is there, but I don’t feel any sadness or sorrow. It sounds a bit hard but it is quite a peaceful setting, which sounds quite strange to say that.

“At the end of the day, it is like going and visiting a grave.”

Ms Stewart said she had been overwhelmed by the public support she has received since the tragedy.

A tree has already been planted and a memorial bench installed near Josh’s family’s home in Stenton.

And Ms Stewart has donated a trophy to her local rugby club in memory of her son. She handed over the Josh-James Stewart Memorial Cup to rugby player Findlay Graham following a Sevens tournament in North Berwick last month.

There are also plans to place a memorial bench outside the former Abbeylands Church in Dunbar’s High Street where Josh and David would often meet up with friends.

Robbie Gemmell, 16, appeared in private at Haddington Sheriff Court on March 18, charged with causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving, causing death by 
driving while unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured, and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

The teenager, from Dunbar, made no plea nor declaration and has been bailed while his case was continued for further examination.