It was the birthday night out that Chorley mum Beckie Ramsay never wanted to make.
Clutching a bouquet of flowers, she returned to the spot, close to where her teenage son Dylan drowned in July.
Monday should have been the teenager’s 14th birthday but instead of a party his parents Beckie and Jdee joined 150 of Dylan’s family and friends at Hilltop Quarry, in Whittle-le-Woods, for a poignant service.
They released more than 90 colourful balloons and Chinese lanterns into the sky at 6.48pm – the exact time that the Parklands pupil was born.
Each balloon carried a special birthday message to the youngster and the drizzle was in keeping with the sombre mood.
Beckie has vowed to launch a campaign to warn children about the dangers of water in the wake of her eldest child’s death.
Beckie and Jdee decided on the balloon launch to help raise money for the campaign set up in Dylan’s name.
- For the full story, see this week’s Chorley Guardian.