Skies light up in tribute to tragic North End fan Mark

Lanterns at a memorial service for Mark McNulty, from Lostock Hall, who died after a road accident

Lanterns at a memorial service for Mark McNulty, from Lostock Hall, who died after a road accident

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Colourful lanterns and blue and white balloons filled the sky in a moving tribute to a Preston North End fan who died in a road accident.

Between 400 and 500 people went to Preston’s Moor Park on Friday, opposite his beloved team’s Deepdale stadium, to remember Mark McNulty.

Mark McNulty, from Lostock Hall, who died after a road accident

Mark McNulty, from Lostock Hall, who died after a road accident

The 26-year-old, of Fir Trees Road, Lostock Hall, died in Furness General 
Hospital after the Ford Transit van he was driving was in 
collision with a lorry at around 10.10am on Friday, October 2 on the A5092 near Gawthwaite, Cumbria.

A week later, his family and friends came together to 
remember the former All 
Hallows Catholic High School pupil, whose nickname was Dougi.

They lit lanterns and 
released them into the sky in his memory.

Then Mark’s parents Gill and Mick McNulty released 26 blue and white balloons.

Mark’s aunt Julie Hanna said: “It was absolutely fantastic. We were overwhelmed by it all.

“We couldn’t believe how many people turned up and how many lanterns got up in the sky.”

She thanked the organisers of the memorial event and said Mark would have “absolutely loved it”.

Tributes have poured in since Mark died, with many people joining an event page set up on Facebook.

A North End flag and scarf were among items left at the roadside by friends in his memory.

Cumbria Police are continuing to investigate the collision and anyone with information about what happened is asked to call 101.