Mum in anger at quarry party

Photo: David Hurst'Beckie Ramsay, mum of Dylan, who died while swimming in a quarry, pictured beside the wall he loved to do handstands against
Photo: David Hurst'Beckie Ramsay, mum of Dylan, who died while swimming in a quarry, pictured beside the wall he loved to do handstands against

The mum of a 13-year-old boy who drowned in a quarry has blasted party organisers who held Jubilee celebrations near the spot where he died.

Beckie Ramsay says a firework display held at the quarry opposite Hill Top Quarry in Whittle-le-Woods where her son Dylan lost his life 11 months ago is a sign of ‘disrespect’.

The celebrations were held on Monday as part of a wider programme of events organised by Whittle-le-Woods Parish Council to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

A disco on Monday evening was followed by a torch-lit procession to the top of the quarry and a bonfire and firework display.

Beckie, of Church Hill, who has been touring schools in Chorley to teach about the importance of water safety, said: “I just feel like this is a bit of a kick in the teeth.

“I am going into schools and fighting for kids to stay away from these places and then they are invited to go there are watch fireworks.

“It wasn’t at the one where he died - it was the one opposite, but I still can’t believe it.

“With everything that has happened there I just feel like it is a sign of total disrespect.”

Dylan was with a friend at the quarry last year when a decision to jump into the water and cool off turned to tragedy.

He was a capable swimmer and talented athlete, but was just not strong enough to save himself once he was in the water.

Beckie says she thinks organisers should have instead held the event somewhere else.

She said: “Surely in the whole of Whittle-le-Woods there they could have found somewhere else to do this.

“Quarries hold risks and it is just commonsense that you don’t encourage people to go up there.”

Coun Eric Bell, who represents Whittle-le-Woods at Chorley Council and is also a parish councillor for the area, said: “Stopping things like this from happening is not the answer.

“People need to know the dangers of water because most kids these days don’t because they are used to being inside, not playing outdoors.

“If Mrs Ramsay wants to try and educate children and can do that without banning events, then I am with her all the way.”