A youngster who was born deaf experienced an unforgettable day at Wembley after being chosen as an escort for the England versus Scotland match.
Damian Galt, 10, who lives in Lancaster, was one of 11 children to lead the England players onto the football pitch during the spectacular event, which featured football stars including Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard.
Football fan Damian, who plays for the Morecombe Deaf Friendly Football Club which is supported by the National Deaf Children’s Society, was selected as an escort as part of a competition run by the McDonalds Kickstart grassroot programme.
As well as watching the England team warming up, Damian practiced walking on the pitch and walked out of the tunnel with player Leighton Baines.
Damian’s mum Vicki, who also has a son James who is profoundly deaf and a daughter Madison, six, who has full hearing, said: “Damian is absolutely ecstatic as he high-fived his brother’s favourite player Wilfried Zaha and he stood next to Frank Lampard as well as walking out with Leighton Baines.
“Football has been very important to Damian and has helped build his confidence and self-esteem. Being a professional goalkeeper is Damian’s ultimate dream.”
Damian said: “Going to Wembley was brilliant and it was great to walk on to the pitch and feel the roar of the crowd.
“I love playing football for Forton Primary School as well as for the Morecambe Deaf Friendly FC.”
Thomas Lyons, inclusive activities officer at National Deaf Children’s Society, said: “We’d like to congratulate Damian on this wonderful achievement.”