Smiles as pupils remember Owen

Undated handout photo issued by West Yorkshire Police of six-year-old Owen Wightman who died in a hit-and-run incident in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, as police are questioning a man about the incident. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday June 22, 2011. West Yorkshire Police yesterday arrested a 21-year-old from Huddersfield on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He was being interviewed in connection with the death of Owen Wightman, who was hit by a car while out playing with his seven-year-old friend close to his home in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, on Saturday. See PA story POLICE Hit. Photo credit should read: West Yorkshire Police/PA Wire''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by West Yorkshire Police of six-year-old Owen Wightman who died in a hit-and-run incident in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, as police are questioning a man about the incident. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday June 22, 2011. West Yorkshire Police yesterday arrested a 21-year-old from Huddersfield on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He was being interviewed in connection with the death of Owen Wightman, who was hit by a car while out playing with his seven-year-old friend close to his home in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, on Saturday. See PA story POLICE Hit. Photo credit should read: West Yorkshire Police/PA Wire''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
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AN EMOTIONAL tribute was paid to a little boy who put a smile on the faces of everyone he met.

Hendal Primary School pupils, teachers and family celebrated the opening of Fort Owen – a wooden play area dedicated to Owen Wightman.

Little Owen was only six when he was struck down by a car and killed near to his home in Kettlethorpe last June.

His best friends Mason Boardman and Kian Small, both eight, cut the ribbon to declare Fort Owen open in a moving ceremony held at the school last Friday.

Owen’s mum Joanne Wightman said: “Owen would have been the first one on the fort, he would have been absolutely chuffed about it.

“Seeing everyone here makes me so proud because it shows how much he was loved and thought of by everybody, and the trouble they have gone to for him.

“I just want to thank everyone for everything they’ve done.”

Before Fort Owen was officially opened, a special song which was written in Owen’s memory was sung by pupils in the foundation stage.

Then Charlie Keith, chairman of the school governors, led a rendition of the SpongeBob SquarePants song – Owen’s favourite cartoon character.

Mr Keith said: “We all remember Owen – we will never forget him.

“He put a smile on all our faces and that’s what I want us to do today.”

Afterwards balloons in Owen’s favourite colour, green, were released into the sky.

The fort was built by a friend of the Wightman family, Andy Hampson.