Dec 13 2012 by Julie Gilbert, Hamilton Advertiser
A dance school are playing their part in keeping alive the memory of Amanda Duffy, the Hamilton teenager murdered 20 years ago.
Karen Allison School of Dancing, which Amanda used to attend, received a special shield in 1993 from Amanda’s mother, Kathleen.
Since then, the Amanda Jane Duffy Memorial Shield has been awarded 16 times to dancers demonstrating excellence in attendance, exam results, personality, dance quality and overall dance ability.
But this year, to mark 20 years since Amanda’s tragic death, Karen brought together previous winners of the shield.
Thirteen of the winners came along to see this year’s winner, Lisa Morris from Hamilton, being presented with the shield by Amanda’s niece Laura Ann.
The previous winners also performed a dance routine in memory of Amanda.
The body of Amanda, aged 19, was found on waste ground in the town’s Miller Street on May 30, 1992. Francis Auld was charged with her murder but the case against him was found not proven and he fled to England.
Earlier this year, police said they were re-opening the case.
Due to a change in the law made by the Scottish Government, individuals can now be tried twice for the same offence, meaning a retrial of Auld would be possible if police felt the evidence existed
Karen Allison would like to thank Amanda’s family for supporting the tribute following their show in Motherwell Civic Theatre.
She said: “Mrs Duffy, her daughter Lynn and grand-daughter Laura Ann came along to the show and Laura Ann so kindly presented the trophy to this year’s winner, Lisa Morris, who received the trophy for attendance, personality, exam results and dance quality.
“I would like to this opportunity to thank Kathleen Duffy, Lynn and Laura Ann for coming along to the show in which Amanda all those years ago used to take part in.
“Also, a thank you for the lovely flowers Joe and Kate Duffy sent to my home after the show.” Karen also gave out a number of other prizes. Anna Cooney won the Junior School Trophy and Emma Ferguson won the Senior School Trophy, which have been introduced for the first time this year in honour of the school’s 30th anniversary.
Alexandra Perrie won the Karen Allison Scool of Dancing Trophy for 2012. Katie Quinn, Lauren Murray and Amy Quinn were highly commended in their Professional Freestyle Exam and are are now members of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing.