‘Sending a party to Dylan’

Dylan Ramsay, who died while swimming in a quarry at Whittle-le-Woods, Chorley.
Dylan Ramsay, who died while swimming in a quarry at Whittle-le-Woods, Chorley.

A night of fireworks will be held at mark what would have been the 15th birthday of a Chorley teenager.

Dylan Ramsay drowned at Hill Top Quarry in Whittle-le-Woods more than a year ago.

His family will be holding the event on Wednesday, October 17 at the Lord Nelson pub on Sandy Lane, Brindle.

Dylan’s mum Rebecca, who is spearheading the Doing it for Dylan campaign to promote water safety, said it is a gesture Dylan would have loved.

She said: “If this was a normal year and Dylan was here with us, we would usually have a firework display in the back garden with the family.

“We did it for him every year. He loved fireworks.

“We decided that if he can’t be here with us, then we would quite like to send a party to him.”

The first firework will be set off at 6.48pm to mark the time Dylan was born. There will then by a minute’s silence, before the fireworks resume at 7pm. Rebecca said: “As there are so many of his friends who wanted to be a part of it we felt we needed to do something big.

“We also want to give something back to the people who have supported us all through this.

“We expect a few hundred people to attend.”

Dylan, who was 13 at the time, was out with friends in July, 2011, when he drowned after diving into the water-filled quarry during a heatwave.

A petition is still ongoing to call for better safety measures at the site.

Rebecca said: “I know it will be a really upsetting night but I want to break that up. He wouldn’t have wanted people being upset. He would have wanted people to celebrate with him.”

The evening is open to everyone and admission will be free, although a donation would be appreciated after the event.

Rebecca said: “Hopefully it will be a nice night for everyone and it will continue to raise awareness around water safety.

“We need people to be more aware.”

To register your interest, join Doing it for Dylan’s birthday bonanza at www.facebook.com.