All aboard the good ship My Adam

All Aboard! - My Adam was officially launced by Jessica Lawton watched by parents Vic and Rob and former classmates of Adam's at Barndale School.

All Aboard! - My Adam was officially launced by Jessica Lawton watched by parents Vic and Rob and former classmates of Adam's at Barndale School.

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A SPECIAL boat at an Alnwick school has been dedicated to the memory of a much-loved boy.

Adam Lawton died in May last year at the age of 11, following swelling on the brain.

But last Thursday – on the anniversary of his death – Barndale House School paid its own mark of respect to the youngster, by naming the play area boat in honour of Adam, a former pupil.

At a touching ceremony at the Howling Lane school, his sister Jess, 16, named the boat My Adam, which is how younger brother Dan, 13, referred to his beloved sibling.

Mum Vic, 40, said: “Barndale named the boat after Adam and the whole school came together for the memorial. He used to like boats too. He would have been so proud.”

The boat is part of the school’s play area and at the front of it is a picture of Adam, which captures his love for life.

“It is as if he was the captain of the ship,” added Vic.

Football-mad Adam, who suffered from Williams Syndrome – a rare neurodevelopmental disorder – was also a pupil at the town’s St Michael’s C of E First School and earlier this year, a memorial bench was unveiled in the playground, following a fund-raising effort by pupils.

Adam’s grandad also donated a colourful play parachute to the school.

Vic said: “I can’t say how thankful we are for all the support we have had. It has just been so amazing. It just goes to show that people are missing him.”