Mourners to pay tribute to Elliot

Flowers are laid in memory of Elliot at Eastwood High School
Flowers are laid in memory of Elliot at Eastwood High School

Friends and family of Elliot Peacock, who died tragically while on an adventure trip in Italy, will gather for a memorial tribute at Newton Mearns Baptist Church tomorrow (Friday) afternoon at 2.30pm.

The service is expected to attract a large turn-out of mourners and others who wish to pay their respects to the boy scout and to his family.

The education department will be represented by senior management.

Scout leader Simon Carter confirmed there will be members of Elliot’s scout group attending.

Eastwood High head teacher Stuart Maxwell will be among those saying a eulogy.

He told The Extra: “I will be concentrating on celebrating the life and personality of Elliot. What I remember most about him was that he loved school; he participated in sports and other school activities.

“He was just a really lovely guy; very, very popular and a credit to his school, his parents and himself.”

Elliot died on June 29 this year at the age of 14 when he jumped into to a shallow water stream while climbing a 6,000ft gorge at the Gran Paradiso national park near Turin.

The youngster was with Pegasus Explorer Scouts who are associated with the 35th Crookfur scout group.

Pupils and teachers from Eastwood High are also expected to join the mourners.

Elliot’s parents, Colette and Scott, were at a loss to know what triggered his fall into unconsciousness.

Immediately after the accident, the couple flew out to Italy where police were investigating the incident, still unclear as to how their beloved only child lost consciousness as he entered the water.

Both parents spoke of the loss of their son, describing him as a “joyful presence” and adding: “He will be missed so very much.”