The convoy in tribute to Jordan Banks on Blackpool Promenade today
A day where a whole town came together to show their respects and pay tribute to a remarkable little boy who died tragically this week.
Organisers had hoped a convoy along the Promenade would attract around 100 vehicles. “It’s just amazing,” said the man behind the tribute, businessman Dave Hall. “We thought people would support it, but never this many." “Jordan’s story has touched so many people, not just in Lancashire and not just across the UK." “It tugs at the heartstrings to hear what a wonderful little boy Jordan was." "But it has reached across the world." “We’re all feeling very emotional" Jordan Banks' family watch the convoy from the Promenade “We’re all feeling very emotional - and the convoy hasn’t even got going yet. This is going to be an incredible sight.” Dave said: “Wow. We didn’t know they were coming. " More than 200 motorcyclists and scooter riders arrived In convoy, revving their engines and sounding their horns. "What a fantastic sight that is. Apparently they have come from all over to show their support.” the 8-mile memorial convoy gathered at Norbreck Castle Hotel in Bipsham at 2pm before setting off at 3pm. It will travelled south along the Promenade - through Blackpool, South Shore and part of St Annes Before arriving at Common Edge playing fields, where Jordan was struck by lighting on Tuesday The vehicle convoy was being arranged by Preston-based company Vehicle Custom Light Bars They have previously arranged convoys to help charities and pay tributes all over the country. Dave Haul, who has organised the event, said: "When I heard the news I was absolutely devastated. "My seven-year-old boy was playing football on the same day and I just felt so helpless for the family." "I knew I had to try and do something and this is what we do in our line of work, so we got organising." "So far over 100 people have said they'll join which is fantastic." "We have special vehicles such as a mini wagon built for charity called Henry and there's going to be air horns and salutes." "It's had a massive amount of support so far and I don't think Blackpool is going to know what's hit it when we all come out to pay tribute to this amazing boy."