A cherry blossom tree and a special annual award will be lasting memories of a much-loved student who will never be forgotten at Spalding High School.
Family, friends, governors and staff gathered there on Saturday to pay tribute to the beautiful 19 year-old who was cruelly shot dead with her mum Claire in July.
Charlotte, from Moulton, was a popular student at the Stonegate school between 2008 and 2015 and an annual award in her name will now be given from December for the most improved sixth former.
On Saturday the tree was planted in the memorial garden surrounded by a beautiful circular bench with a commemorative plaque.
The memorial service was led by chair of governors Dr Peter Gorton with eulogies read by Northampton University midwifery student Claire’s brothers Luke and Ryan, headmistress Michele Anderson and deputy head Tanya Waldron.
Mrs Anderson added: “All of us in attendance today wished we did not have cause to be here, but today is a celebration of Charlotte’s life, passions, friendships and relationships. It is the opportunity to come together, support each other and celebrate just how special Charlotte was.
This cherry blossom is a pertinent reminder of Charlotte’s resolute, persisting and beautiful personality and we hope that Charlotte’s memory can inspire the best efforts of the girls at Spalding High School into the futureLuke and Ryan Hart
“She will be remembered forever here at the High.”
Former tutor Mrs Clay added: “I cannot remember ever having to worry about any aspect of her progress or behaviour. “Although she was quiet in class you could not ignore her Amazonian blonde radiance and when she let slip her keen humour I could see that here was someone who not only cooperated perfectly with everyone, but also that she had a keen love of life and sense of fun.
“I know Charlotte was passionate about animals. I think that they, in turn are very perceptive of human kindness. I too could sense that wonderful gift of compassion and sweetness within her.”
Luke (26) and Ryan (25) Hart thanked the school for the memorial and Malc Firth Nurseries for donating the tree.
They said ‘Doing a Charlotte’ is a phrase used at the high school and is one, that as brothers, they were very familiar with too.
“Charlotte could at times look as if she was making no particular concerted effort but in reality she was amassing enormous quantities of energy to achieve what she wanted.
“She often surpassed all expectations to achieve extraordinary results in all aspects of her life. This cherry blossom is a pertinent reminder of Charlotte’s resolute, persisting and beautiful personality and we hope that Charlotte’s memory can inspire the best efforts of the girls at the Spalding High School into the future.”
Tributes were paid by Charlotte’s friends who recalled how everyone who knew her thought that she was a lively and sweet young lady who enjoyed life and loved to dance and sing.
Charlotte made lives brighter and stood out as an exceedingly caring and kind young woman who never failed to deliver a warm, witty joke with a healthy dose of sarcasm; this light-hearted banter, combined with her humorous personality and easy-going nature made her incredibly popular with friends.
• Charlotte and mum Claire (50), of Hatt Close, Moulton, were gunned down outside Spalding’s Castle Sports Complex on Tuesday, July 19. The killer – Charlotte’s father and Claire’s estranged husband – Lance Hart (57) then ended his own life by turning the single-barrel weapon on himself.