Families unite in memory of sons

front, John and Rebecca Ramsay take part in the walk 'Doin It for Dylan' in memory of their son Dylan Ramsay

front, John and Rebecca Ramsay take part in the walk 'Doin It for Dylan' in memory of their son Dylan Ramsay

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Two families have united in grief as they staged a walk in memory of their lost sons.

More than 200 people marked the route between Hill Top Quarry in Whittle-le-Woods and Brikacre Brow in Chorley last night, where teens Dylan Ramsay, 13, and Thomas Barton, 15, lost their lives in separate incidents.

The walk marks the one year anniversary of Dylan drowning at the quarry, while it is just over a month since Thomas drowned while playing with friends at Birkacre Brow, part of the wider Yarrow Valley Country Park.

Dylan’s mum Rebecca, who is spearheading the Doing it for Dylan campaign, joined Thomas’s dad Simon and sister Rachel, 19, along with more than 200 other family and friends, including Dylan’s 11-year-old brother Stephen, brother Josh, 10, and sister Annie, five to remember them.

Rebecca said: “It has been really hard but we wanted to have something to put our minds on.

“We didn’t want the kids coming home from school and crying, this gave them something positive to look forward to.

“People ask me all the time how you can keep going after something like this. But it’s just how much I love Dylan.

“I will do all I can to keep his memory alive.

“(The walk) was originally just going to be for Dylan but after what happened to Thomas we thought it would be a nice sign of respect for him too.

“This was a celebration of their lives and also a mourning that they are no longer here with us.”

The walk started at 5.30pm on Tuesday at Hill Top Quarry, before crowds made their way to Birkacre Brow, and back to the quarry. The walk was 11 miles in total and included some people in fancy dress, with some walking and some running.

Rebecca said Dylan would have loved the gesture.

She said: “I think he would definitely have been up there looking down and laughing at us.”