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Pakefield Primary School, in Lowestoft, honours memory of former employee Sharon Goldspink with commemorative bench





A Suffolk town primary school has honoured the memory of a former employee with the installation of a commemorative bench.

Pakefield Primary School, in Lowestoft, paid tribute to former teaching assistant Sharon Goldspink, who passed away in February.

Her commitment and impact at the school was celebrated last Friday (December 1), in a bench dedication ceremony attended by pupils, friends, colleagues and her sons.

Sharon Goldspink's memorial bench at Pakefield Primary School, in Lowestoft. Picture: Pakefield Primary School
Sharon Goldspink's memorial bench at Pakefield Primary School, in Lowestoft. Picture: Pakefield Primary School

Ms Goldspink was remembered for her invaluable contributions and dedication to the school community.

Marie Rodwell, deputy headteacher of Pakefield Primary, said: “Sharon’s dedication to our school community left an enduring mark and she is sorely missed.

“This memorial bench is a beautiful reminder of her positive impact and will serve as a cherished space for reflection and fond memories.”

Pupils at Pakefield Primary School with the basket given to Sharon Goldspink's sons. Picture: Pakefield Primary School
Pupils at Pakefield Primary School with the basket given to Sharon Goldspink's sons. Picture: Pakefield Primary School

Ms Goldspink started out as a parent when her children attended the school, and she later became a focal part of the school community after becoming a member of staff.

During the ceremony, her sons received a basket of items symbolising her role at the school, including her memory books, teddy bears made from her Pakefield-branded hoody and artwork made by pupils for the day of her funeral.

The school community is already embracing the bench and it serves as a lasting tribute to Ms Goldspink’s time at Pakefield.