Pupils’ concert in memory of Martin

Martin Zelenka
Martin Zelenka

BEARSDEN Primary School dedicated its final event to celebrate the school centenary to the memory of former pupil Martin Zelenka who died in a tragic car accident last year.

He was involved in the school’s first centenary event last year, which was also a concert, and held in Bearsden Cross Church as he was a member of the school choir and orchestra.

Marianne Young, headteacher at Bearsden Primary School, said: “After Martin sadly passed away last year we thought this dedication would be a fitting tribute to him because he was involved in the centenary celebrations at the beginning.

“He was a very good singer and musician as well as athlete and we were delighted that his father was able to join us for one of the perfomances and we hope he enjoyed it.”

Martin (12) from Ledi Drive in Bearsden, was a first year pupil at Bearsden Academy when he was killed in a car crash on the Erskine Bridge last October. He was travelling with his mother Merrilyn when the accident happened near the Clydebank and Duntocher slip road.

Merrilyn was taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley with minor injuries and released the following day but her son was pronounced dead at the scene.

Pupils took the audience on a musical journey through the last 100 years of song to mark the end of their centenary celebrations during the ‘Top of the Pops’ concert.

The musical shows were the culmination of weeks of planning and practise to learn dozens of songs and dance routines including Won’t You Charleston With Me? from the 1920s, We’ll Meet Again (1940s), Rock Around the Clock (1950s), Fame (1980s), Wannabe (1990s) and Millennium (2000s). The concert finale, sang by the whole school, was the Queen anthem – We are the Champions.

Mrs Young, added: “We have had a wonderful year of events to mark our centenary.

“We have been delighted to see pupils and staff past and present getting involved in a range of activities culminating in the centenary concerts.”

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