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Flower power for Dunblane tribute.

Dunblane families yesterday unveiled two roses created in memory of teacher Gwen Mayor and her murdered pupils.

Gwen's husband Rod joined Pamela Ross, who lost her daughter, Joanna, to plant the flowers in Dunblane High Street roundabout.

The Gwen Mayor rose and the Innocence rose were developed by Scotland's only rose breeder, Alec Cocker, of Aberdeen. As well as forming a lasting tribute to the victims, they will also be sold to raise money for the Gwen Mayor Appeal and the Children's Hospice Association Scotland.

Yesterday's ceremony fell on the 10 anniversary of the Hungerford massacre, when 16 people were killed by Michael Ryan.

Rod, 53, who chose the Gwen rose, said: "I have some in my garden at home."

David Scott, whose daughter, Hannah, died, said: "The roses envoke a nice memory. They make you smile."

Pamela Ross, who helped choose the Innocence rose with Karen Scott, said: "It means a lot."

Ronnie Smith, general secretary of the EIS teaching union, which set up the Gwen Mayor Trust, said that the flower would ensure that money flooded into the fund for many years to come.

HUNGERFORD REMEMBERS

The people of Dunblane sent flowers to Hungerford yesterday to mark the 10th anniversary of crazed gunman Michael Ryan's killing spree.

Hungerford chose to mark the date privately but Ron Tarry, mayor at the time of the tragedy, said: "One day of madness does not wipe out 1000 years of our history as a friendly and caring community."
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