School pays tribute to pupil

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A LASTING tribute to a popular nine-year-old boy, who died after suffering a severe asthma attack, has been created at his school.

Owen Wagner, from Barrow, was celebrating his sister Tegan’s sixth birthday at his grandmother’s home in Risby when, on November 27, he had the attack. He was taken to West Suffolk Hospital, where he later died.

On Wednesday, in an emotional service at Westley Middle School, Owen’s family, friends and fellow Westley pupils – and pupils from Owen’s primary school – gathered for the official opening of Owen’s friendship corner.

Deputy head teacher Pip Moore, who cut the ribbon in front of the memorial, said: “I’d like to think this is a place where people will come to reflect, share memories and make friends.”

Owen’s mum, Tracy Asker, said the memorial was a fitting tribute to her son, who had many friends.

“It’s a lovely thing for them to have done, especially because Owen wasn’t here that long,” she said.

In the middle of the memorial is a photograph of Owen and the words of the Carole King song You’ve Got A Friend, which was was sung at his funeral.