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Mosaic in memory of Bradford schoolboy Bilal Khizar
7:40am Monday 7th October 2013 in News
A poignant new artwork pays tribute to a young life cut tragically short.
Family and friends have added the finishing touches to a mosaic made in memory of 12-year-old Bilal Khizar (inset). The Bradford schoolboy was killed in a hit-and-run incident on Rooley Lane on October 6 last year while he was making his way home by scooter. Those closest to him have been working on the artwork at Parkside Community Centre in West Bowling, with help from Donna Harper, a school and community learning co-ordinator, and artist Shaeron Caton-Rose.
Bilal’s mother, Nisa Khizar, said she hoped the mosaic could be displayed in a play area they wanted to create near their Spring Wood Gardens home, and thanked all the young people who had helped make it.
She said: “They have all come together in their own time. For teenagers to take time out, when they are all so busy, and do this for him – it’s amazing.”
A group of friends who went to Bradford Academy with Bilal and had been with him shortly before he died, said the images around the edge of the circular mosaic represented Bilal’s favourite activities, such as playing football, trampolining, playing video games, going on rollercoaster rides and, most poignantly, riding his scooter.