Memorial unveiled for Luton teen who drowned at Clacton-on-Sea last year

Luton Sixth Form has planted an apple tree at the college as a lasting memorial to a student who passed away last summer

Thursday, 6th February 2020, 12:22 pm
Updated Thursday, 6th February 2020, 12:23 pm

Haider Ali and his younger sister Malika Shamas were on a family trip to Clacton-on-Sea, they died after getting into difficulty near Clacton Pier in August.

Haider, who had started at the college in September 2017, was about to start the final year of his BTEC business diploma studies.

The tree has now been planted in the college’s memorial garden with a plaque honouring Haider, and on Wednesday, January 29, family members were invited to the college to view the

Memorial plaque for Haider Ali


Principal Altaf Hussain said: “The memorial garden provides a quiet meditative spot for students and staff to visit and remember Haider.

"When we lost Haider we lost a member of the Luton Sixth Form family.

"Our students and staff wanted to make a fitting memorial to Haider as he touched so many lives, it is hoped that the apple tree will continue this through its bearing of fruit.”

An apple tree has been planted at Luton Sixth Form College

The college also presented the family with a number of commemorative items – a book of condolence signed by students and staff and some of Haider's certificates and coursework.

Also passed on were certificates for two water wells – one for Haider and one for Malika – which have been funded in the developing world by Haider's classmates and the college’s

business department, who raised money in their memory at the start of this academic year.