Tragic Scots dancer Ava Gray is set to be remembered at a touching balloon release memorial organised by heartbroken friends.

Dozens are expected to gather at Dalmonach Park in Bonhill, West Dunbartonshire, on Saturday afternoon where tributes will be released for the “dancing angel”.

Anyone who knew the popular schoolgirl is being invited to attend the event as the shocked community battles to come to terms with her sudden passing.

Ava danced at Full Out Studios in Dumbarton

Freestyle dancer Ava was enjoying a day out at the River Leven near Balloch Bridge on August 9 when she got into difficulty in the water.

Emergency services raced to the scene at around 6.45pm and found that two other young people had managed to get themselves out of the river.

A large scale search and rescue operation was launched to find Ava, who is from Alexandria, but her body was tragically recovered around two hours later.

She will now be honoured by her young friends at the balloon released ahead of her funeral next week.

Event organiser Samantha Henderson wrote on social media: “With the permission of Ava Gray’s family, myself and my sister have arranged a balloon release this Saturday at 1pm at Dalmonach Park in Old Bonhill.

“I only knew Ava a short time but by God she has left a huge hole in our hearts. She was an amazing young lady and I know that the whole of the area are going to miss her terribly.

“We have ordered balloons for everyone who would like one. And I know other companies are doing them for the occasion as well.

Ava Gray is set to be remembered ahead of her funeral next week

“Can everyone please share and tag everyone who would like to say goodbye to our dancing angel.”

Ava, a pupil at Lennox Primary School, will be laid to rest on Tuesday next week during a private funeral with her loving family.

Mum Leanne Rae previously paid tribute to her daughter who she said was now “the brightest star in the sky”.

She said: “My dancing angel queen. I love you so much baby girl. I don’t know what I will do without you.

“You are now the brightest star in the sky.”

Mary Begg, headteacher at Ava’s school, added: “The school and our whole community are completely devastated by this tragedy and our thoughts are with Ava’s family and friends.

"Ava always had a smile and kind words to say and was popular with staff and her fellow pupils.

“She will be greatly missed by us all.”

Ava's dance teacher, Holly Douglas, launched a fundraiser for the youngster's family which has since gathered almost £15,000.

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