MEMBERS of Scottish Borders Council stood in silence today (Wednesday, February 21) to honour the life of an 11-year-old girl who died after being struck by a local authority bin lorry.

Council convenor Watson McAteer paid tribute to popular and talented schoolgirl Elizabeth Bell at a meeting today.

Elizabeth, from East Gordon, died on Wednesday, February 7, after she was involved in a collision with a council bin lorry on the A6105, just after 8am on Wednesday, January 31.

Mr McAteer said: “That tragic January 31 winter morning is etched on our lives forever as the news filtered through describing the terrible circumstances of the tragic events that ultimately claimed Elizabeth’s young and precious life.

“Her family witnessed a young vibrant and happy daughter and sister leaving home in great spirits to meet her school-friends without any thought that she would never return to her beloved home set in that small close-knit East Gordon community.”

He said the incident had left her family mourning the "loss of a wonderful daughter" and questioning "why this tragedy happened".

Mr McAteer pledged that the council was fully committed to playing its part in an ongoing investigation.

He added: “I give an assurance that this authority will fully support our police colleagues in their investigation and will work quickly and tirelessly to address the real community concerns at this very sad time.”

Mr McAteer then asked members to stand in a “moment of silent reflection” to remember Elizabeth “and all those involved in that tragedy on that fateful January day”.