Memorial held to celebrate the life of popular Deeside girl

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A service to celebrate the life of a popular Deeside girl was held at the weekend.

Family and friends of Kate-Lynne Mitchell turned out to pay tribute to the former Aboyne Primary School pupil at Ballater’s Glen Muick Church on Saturday.

Kate-Lynne, aged 12, passed away suddenly earlier this month while at home in Surrey.

The family moved south in August of last year but Kate-Lynne remained a popular figure in the Upper Deeside area.

Around 150 balloons were released following the service as they were among Kate-Lynne’s favourite things.

Kate-Lynne’s mother, Paula, said: “Saturday was a lovely day, even under these circumstances.

“The church service by Rev Tony Watts was a true reflection of Kate and most people stayed to release the pink and silver balloons. Then later 12 sky lanterns were released by close friends and family.”

Guests were asked to make a donation to a foundation, which the family plan to set up in Kate-Lynne’s name.

Paula added: “The many hundreds of pounds that were given in donations will be going to the Kate-Lynne’s wish charity and we hope everyone continues helping to fundraise for this new charity once it is properly up and running.”

A cremation service was held in Surrey on Monday, which Paula said was “our final goodbye to our pink princess.”