‘My Dylan is worth more than this’

Beckie Ramsay at the fence at Hill Top Quarry in Whittle-le-Woods where her son, Dylan 13, died
Beckie Ramsay at the fence at Hill Top Quarry in Whittle-le-Woods where her son, Dylan 13, died

‘My son is worth so much more than this.’

That was the damning attack from a grieving Chorley mother after looking at the attempts to close off a quarry where her teenage son died.

Beckie Ramsay claims that the latest work to secure Hill Top Quarry, in Whittle-le-Woods, is ‘diabolical’ and an insult to her eldest child, Dylan’s memory.

The move comes just weeks after the devastated mother-of-four hit out at the state of warning signs that had been erected at the spot where the 13-year-old died in July.

She has now vowed to fight until the quarry is made completely safe and has promised she won’t ‘give up’.

She claimed: “It’s more dangerous now than ever. I go to the quarry two or three times a day and it’s disgusting that more isn’t being done to stop people getting in.

“The land owners were told to put up child proof fencing at easy access points by the Health and Safety Executive, but there is literally chicken wire and a bit of barbed wire on top.

“It wasn’t even up 10 days before a gaping hole formed, and I could get through never mind a small child.

“The fencing is waist high in some parts and in others it doesn’t even reach my ankles.

“My biggest fear is that someone else could die and I lie awake at night worrying.

“I heard the police helicopter hovering above recently and my stomach was in knots.

“I don’t want any other family to go through this nightmare that we now call life.”

Talented Parklands pupil Dylan died after he dived into the water-filled quarry during a heat wave in the summer.

His family are still waiting for an inquest into his death to be heard, but Beckie wants more to be done now to stop history repeating itself.

She added: “It is irrelevant that Dylan was my son.

“At the end of the day a 13-year-old boy died in the quarry and that should serve as a huge lesson.

“He was such a thoughtful and kind person - a real gentleman. He was also incredibly talented and he excelled at everything he did.

“He was academic as well as being athletic and he wasn’t a silly boy. He had a brain and wasn’t doing anything wrong on that day - he was going for a swim with friends.”

Beckie has been taking pictures of work at the quarry since the tragedy and claims that trees and foliage, that had acted as a barrier around the quarry, have also been removed.

She added: “One day we got there and the gates were wide open. It was the same day that all the schools were on strike and my five-year-old daughter could have just wandered in.

“I am disgusted that after everything that has happened more isn’t being done.

“The fence that they have put up won’t even last the winter and I just want my concerns to be taken seriously.

“I think people think the issue will go away, but I won’t. I won’t give up.

“I will keep on fighting until I know that nobody else will be able to die like Dylan did.”

The family have already launched a petition to have the quarry closed off, but Beckie said she doesn’t mind what happens as long as it is made safe.

She added: “We are facing our first Christmas without Dylan and if I could cancel it I would.

“I can’t put into words how much we miss him and it will be a really tough time for us all.

“Dylan loved Christmas as he always knew that he would get what he wanted and it just won’t be the same without him.

“We are trying to deal with Dylan dying and all the issues at the quarry makes it even harder.

“I feel as though what is happening is making a mockery of his death.”

Keith Ruttle, from Ruttle Plant Hire, which owns the quarry, defended the work and said: “We have put there exactly what has been recommended by the Health and Safety Executive.

“We have done everything that has been asked of us and the quarry is as safe as it can be. We have to leave the gates open when we are working in the quarry as we need to be able to come in and out.

“Dylan’s death was a complete tragedy.”