Darren is remembered

David Spence and Sharon Robertson hand over the cheque to Anstruther coxswain Michael Bruce watched by other family members and the Anstruther crew.
David Spence and Sharon Robertson hand over the cheque to Anstruther coxswain Michael Bruce watched by other family members and the Anstruther crew.

FAMILY and friends of a St Monans teenager who was killed in a road accident have being showing their dedication to keeping his memory alive.

It was on December 11 in 2010 when 19-year-old Darren Robertson’s life was taken from him as a result of the incident.

Darren Robertson

Darren Robertson

After recovering from the original shock and sadness, Darren’s friends and family began to pay tribute to him in a host of ways.

Many of those who knew Darren, the only child of David Spence and Sharon Robertson, have had individual tattoos bearing his name and poignant messages ethched permanently on their bodies, while the Mayview Hotel, where Darren was a member of the pool team, has his cue permanently on display.

Darren’s auntie, Diane Jamieson, told the Mail the community had also now started to raise funds for charity in his name.

She said: “As you can imagine, his untimely death hit his family and the local community hard and they have all paid tribute to his memory in various ways.

“Darren’s granddad, John Spence, is a piper with Kennoway Town Pipe Band.

“A tune was written in tribute to Darren, named ‘Darren Robertson of St. Monans’ and John went along to a recording studio in Glenrothes, where he plays his bagpipes solo, and it was recorded professionally.

“The disc consists of four tunes, ‘Darren Robertson of St. Monans’, ‘Amazing Grace’, ‘Highland Cathedral’ and ‘Flower of Scotland’.

“We produced 300 of these discs and have been working hard to sell them,” added Diane.

“The majority were sold at last year’s St Monans Sea Queen and others have been sold throughout the year.

“It was decided by Darren’s parents that all proceeds from the disc should be donated to Anstruther RNLI.”

The CD has now raised £1250 for the local cause and Darren’s parents attended this year’s Sea Queen event to officially hand the money over.

The pool team at the hotel also now plays a memorial trophy each year in Darren’s honour, while his personal Facebook profile is still being maintained by his family, where friends continue to post messages and photographs.