Tribute to ‘ray of sunshine’ Moira

Moira's mum Val and brother Andrew on the memorial bench in Spalding town centre.
Moira's mum Val and brother Andrew on the memorial bench in Spalding town centre.
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A LASTING tribute to ‘ray of sunshine’ Moira Koune, the teaching assistant killed by a train on a Spalding level crossing, has been placed on the town’s riverbank.

Moira (30) was killed in January 2009 when her car became penned between the barriers at the West Road crossing after being shunted on to the icy track by a van during a collision.

Her family held a celebration of life service following her death and donations from the service have paid for a bench in Moira’s memory, which has just been placed on the riverbank near the water taxi passenger pick-up point.

A plaque on the bench reads: “Beautiful memories of a girl who touched our hearts. A daughter, a sister and a loyal friend. You will always be a ray of sunshine.”

Moira’s mum, Val, has created a little garden for Moira at the level crossing, which she tends regularly. Often on her visits there she finds flowers left by Moira’s many friends.

Val said: “It touched so many people’s hearts when we lost her.”

Moira was on her way to Cowbit St Mary’s Primary School at the time of the crash and was highly respected there for her attitude to life and her work as a one-to-one teaching assistant.

Speaking days after Moira’s death, headteacher Maureen Martin said: “Moira was a lovely vivacious person who brought light and warmth into the school.

“One of her special qualities was her attitude to life.

“She worked very hard and enjoyed life to the full and that was part of her magnetic personality.”

Moira, of Welbeck Drive, Spalding, was engaged to butcher and former policeman Charlie Grainger and they were due to marry in Cyprus later in 2009.

Her father, Phivos, died in 2003.

Val said: “Moira was buried in Cyprus with her dad.”

Val and her son, Andrew (35), own Wygate Fish Bar and Moira often worked there as well as at Wygate Co-op and Spalding’s Red Lion.

Val said: “Everybody knew her.”

Moira’s family have thanked all who gave donations for the bench.