THE memory of a much loved lecturer will live on at the primary school he attended.

Bolton College students have built a new educational play area at St Stephen’s (Kearsley Moor) CE Primary dedicated to their teacher Norman Mort who died last year, aged 64.

Mr Mort worked at Bolton College for 17 years in the construction department.

Creative primary school pupils designed a bench and other structures as part of an eco-school playground project and level three students from Bolton College’s Carpentry and Joinery Diploma course have now built them. The project was part of a celebration of the school’s centenary year, and was built to educate children about the environment and sustainability, with the structures made from ethically-sourced timbers.

A storyteller’s chair, made out of 100-year-old oak will also be created.

The chair will be installed in April, along with a commemorative plaque in tribute to Mr Mort, whose grandchildren attend the school.

Tony Quick, lecturer in timber trades at Bolton College, said: “We are honoured to remember Norman, who was a loved and valued member of the team here at the college for more than 17 years.

“Norman was a skilled craftsman and remains highly thought of by all members of the construction department. This has been an ongoing project between the school and the college over the past year, so it’s great to finally see the designs come to life.”

The college is now hoping to work with more schools and organisations in the community.

St Stephen’s School headteacher, Tony Lasan, said: “The children are thrilled to see the final creations in the playground. It has been a fantastic partnership with Bolton College.”

The students at Bolton College constructed all equipment and materials in accordance with the Playground Equipment Standards.