Collette Gallacher memorial bench installed in Corby’s Coronation Park

A tree will also be planted in her honour

Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 8:23 am
Updated Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 8:24 am
Claire and Lauren Holmes at the bench installed in memory of their big sister. Picture: Alison Bagley Photography.

A bench to honour the memory of murdered schoolgirl Collette Gallacher has been placed in Coronation Park.

Collette was killed 35 years ago while she was walking to school and a previous bench installed at the town centre park was removed at some point during the past few years without the knowledge of her family.

Now a new wooden seat has been put in place thanks to the combined efforts of former Corby Council Lead Member for Environment Councillor Mark Pengelly as well as the council’s shared service parks staff and Lee Duffy at Teamwork Sports.

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The bench has been sited overlooking the parks memorial garden. Picture: Alison Bagley Photography.

After it was revealed Collette’s killer was to be released from prison, they acted to get the bench installed to give her family, and the wider community, a space to sit quietly and remember her. A tree will also be planted in her memory at the same spot this week.

The plaque reads ‘Never forgotten, forever our angel.’

Collette’s sister Claire Holmes said: “We’re extremely grateful for all the help we’ve had to get the bench installed.

And Lauren Holmes said: “This is such a beautiful spot for us to be able to come and remember Collette.”

Collette’s family have been campaigning for her killer to be placed on the sex offenders register.