THE name of former Banff Academy pupil Laura Thomas, a bubbly 19-year-old whose life was tragically snuffed out by a drunk driver in September 2010, is set to live on after her family named a new women’s fashion and accessories boutique in Fraserburgh in her memory.
Laura’s Boutique was opened in Fraserburgh’s Saltoun Square last Thursday (June 21) by Laura’s mother, Sherri Thomas (44), and her surviving sister, 19-year-old Kelly, with the aim of catering for the fashion needs of young, style-conscious women.
Sherri, who lives with her family in Portsoy, hopes the family’s new business venture will become a shopping Mecca for young North-east women who share her late daughter’s sense of style and her zest for life.
“If the business becomes a success it would be a fitting tribute to a young woman who had her whole life ahead of her when she was taken from us,” said Sherri.
“Laura became a very style-conscious young woman in the months before she died, like a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis.
“When we began to think about something to do with the premises in Fraserburgh, which we had previously run as a second-hand shop, we hit on the idea of opening a clothes and accessories shop which would cater for young women like Laura and Kelly.
“One of their biggest moans was always that they couldn’t buy fashionable clothes without the added expense of going into Aberdeen because nobody catered for them locally."
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