Bluebell planting is a fitting legacy

Some of the helpers who planted bluebell bulbs in memory of Sally Allan, with members of the Allan family.
Some of the helpers who planted bluebell bulbs in memory of Sally Allan, with members of the Allan family.
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Thousands of bluebell bulbs have been planted in memory of a Ponteland mum.

Sally Allan, 59, went missing from her home on Boxing Day last year.

Her disappearance sparked a huge search, before her body was recovered from water near to Riverside Quay at Tyne Dock West in South Shields on February 3.

Mrs Allan’s family – husband Gordon and their children Clive, Claire and David – were touched by the support and help of the public, including the local community in Ponteland. To give something back to the area, the family have helped to create a bluebell wood in Ponteland Park as a ‘living legacy’ to Sally.

Gordon purchased 10,000 bulbs and planting took place on Saturday, with those who knew and loved Sally going along to help.

He said: “The day was a great success, with 150 people turning up with great enthusiasm to plant the bulbs in an area of the park now renamed as Sally’s Walk.

“The volunteers were so keen that nearly all the 10,000 bulbs were planted in the first two hours, with some having to be kept back for those coming to plant in the afternoon.

“The people turning up on the day ranged from 0 to 98, with the eldest resident supporting the planting from her mobility scooter. It was a wonderful day with the sun shining throughout and it was nice that people stayed and had a chat over a cup of tea and enjoyed the refreshments that Waitrose kindly served.”

The family have thanked Ponteland Town Council, the Friends of Ponteland Park, Ponteland in the Park and the Scouts for all their help in preparing the site and supporting on the day.

Gordon added: “It was a real community event. Sally lived in Ponteland since the age of six, she had played in the park with her two brothers and sister as a child, had brought her own children there and taught her grandson to ride his bike there.

“She loved bluebells and would be humbled to think an area in the park had now been named in her memory.”