SEVERAL hundred friends of tragic Amber Rose Beaton who was found dead in the bathroom of her home last Monday by her sister braved the chill October winds on Saturday for a remembrance ceremony at Keptie Pond.
The event had been organised by Amber’s best friend, Leanne Robertson, and drew crowds of teenagers from all over the town.
They began arriving in the paved area adjacent to the steps from Keptie Road at about 6.30 p.m. and small groups added their numbers to the throng for the next hour.
The intention was to light Chinese lanterns in memory of Amber, but the brisk wind made this difficult and many were blown into surrounding trees, having travelled only a few yards.
However, a couple of dozen escaped the confines of the park and floated away as testament to the deep sorrow felt by all who attended.
Leanne addressed the gathering saying: “I would like to say a big thank you to everyone for coming along to Amber’s lantern light-off tonight. It means a lot to her close friends and family.
“I know some of you here tonight were very close to Amber and some were not as close, but everyone wanted to come along and show respect, which means a lot to all of us.”
She went on: “Getting told on Monday morning that my best friend had passed away was the worst news I have ever received in my life. I still haven’t got over it!
“I felt my heart had broken up into lots of little pieces and that it could never be fixed. It has still not properly sunk in that I will never see my best friend again.
“I keep looking at the photographs that I have of myself and Amber in my room on my photo wall, thinking if I could only bring her back so I could tell her I love her one last time.”
In a tribute to Amber, Leanne continued: “Amber was such a bubbly person and always put other people before herself.
“She was such a beautiful girl and let nothing put her down.
“The memories we all have of Amber are unreal and they will be with us for the rest of our lives.
“I really hope that she is looking down on us tonight with that big beautiful smile that everyone will remember.”
Just before the lanterns were lit, Leanne read out the following verses:
‘We thought of you with love today, but that is nothing new.
We thought about you yesterday and the days before that too.
We think of you in silence, we often speak your name,
Now all we have is memories and your picture in a frame.
Your memory is our keepsake with which we’ll never part,
God has you in His keeping, we have you in our hearts.’
Amber’s dad, Mr Malcolm Beaton, told the Arbroath Herald that the entire family had attended the moving ceremony at Keptie Pond. “Everyone went across,” he stated, Wilma, myself and all Amber’s brothers and sisters.
“We would like to thank everyone who took part and Leanne and the girls for their moving tribute to our daughter.
“The girls did very well putting everything together and there was a great turnout.”
He concluded: “We all appreciate everything that the girls did.”