Special day remembers Dylan Ramsay

Dylan Ramsay, who died while swimming in a quarry at Whittle-le-Woods, Chorley.

Dylan Ramsay, who died while swimming in a quarry at Whittle-le-Woods, Chorley.

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Hundreds of people turned out to a special day in memory of 13-year-old Dylan Ramsay, who died four years ago.

Doing it For Dylan was held to remember the teenager, who died at a quarry in Whittle-le-Woods, and raise awareness of the dangers of swimming outdoors.

Attractions included a fire eater, free runners and a magician, and Dylan’s mum Beckie described the day as “brilliant”.

She said: “There were loads and loads of performances, a carnival dance troupe, there was a really nice atmosphere.

“We had a balloon launch which was amazing, it lit up the sky.

“The sun poked through the sky and the balloons looked like twinkles of light in the sky. The balloons had tags on them, ‘If found, please contact us’, in the hopes of raising more awareness of the campaign.

The Doing it for Dylan fundraising day was held at the Tatton Community Centre, Chorley on Saturday. The event was held in memory of Dylan Ramsay who drowned last year, the aim was also to highlight the dangers of swimming in open water. Organisers of the event Beth Wilson aged 15, left and Beth Griffiths aged 15, with some of the balloons before they were released. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday July 04, 2015.

The Doing it for Dylan fundraising day was held at the Tatton Community Centre, Chorley on Saturday. The event was held in memory of Dylan Ramsay who drowned last year, the aim was also to highlight the dangers of swimming in open water. Organisers of the event Beth Wilson aged 15, left and Beth Griffiths aged 15, with some of the balloons before they were released. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday July 04, 2015.

“The furthest one so far was 29 miles away, it was found the other side of Burnley.”

The event, held at Tatton Community Centre in Chorley on Saturday, included drowning prevention posters, leaflets, stickers, T shirts and wrist bands. Beckie said up to 500 people went to the event, and said: “It’s nice to know Dylan’s memory lives on with people who never even met him.”

Friday marked four years since the youngster died, and Beckie said: “It was just really nice for so many people to come together in one place in memory of my son. It was a really nice, fitting tribute to him.”

The sun poked through the sky and the balloons looked like twinkles of light in the sky. The balloons had tags on them, ‘If found, please contact us’, in the hopes of raising more awareness of the campaign

Mya Griffiths with some of the Doing it for Dylan wristbands

Mya Griffiths with some of the Doing it for Dylan wristbands