Family’s thanks for return of memorial tree

Vicky Crooks and her sister Kellie at the memorial
Vicky Crooks and her sister Kellie at the memorial

A Fife family has thanked the Press for helping out after an appeal for the return of a stolen memorial tree saw it reappear over the weekend.

And this week, the Crooks family, whose roots are in Dysart, were rejoicing the fact that the little olive tree, which they planted in memory of their beloved mother and grandmother, and where they scattered her ashes, was back in its rightful place.

The memorial tree

The memorial tree

The olive tree was planted in an area just off the Fife Coastal Path at Dysart in February in memory of Janet Kellock Crooks and her husband Joseph McAllister Crooks, after Janet passed away in September.

The family chose the spot next to a planted garden area, which was created by the Dysart Regeneration Forum, as the couple spent a lot of time there. Mr Crooks was originally from the area and lived in a house on the High Street.

However, when family members went along to visit the memorial tree and a bench with a plaque for the couple on Mother’s Day, they discovered the tree had disappeared and a search of the area failed to uncover it.

Janet’s son Neil, a Fife councillor, and his daughter Vicky, issued an appeal in the Press for its return, and this week Vicky was over the moon when she discovered it had been returned after a visit to the site on Monday.

“It was never to do with the money, as it is not very valuable at all. It was all about the sentimental value and the fact that we had scattered my gran’s ashes there,” she explained.

“I couldn’t believe it when I went along and it was there. It’s great that so many people shared my message on social media and the Press ran the story, to help spread the word.

“I really just want to say thank you to everyone, it really means a lot. It’s nice to get a happy outcome and I’m glad the person brought it back.”