300 balloons launched for Dylan

MORE than 300 balloons were released at a special memorial event for teenager Dylan Crossey.

Dylan Crossey
Dylan Crossey

Dylan, 15, died after being involved in a collision while riding his bike earlier this month.

He played as a striker for Penwortham St Teresa’s FC. The club organised the balloon release yesterday afternoon.

Children from the club turned out in their football kits and there were under 16s teams from both Lostock Hall and Ribbleton.

Penwortham St Teresa's FC balloon release for Dylan Crossey

Club chairman David Tynan said: “Dylan’s mum Tracy walked with his team, but led from the front. It went all the way down to the under sevens. It was a sea of yellow and blue.”

The balloons were let off to the tune of Coldplay’s Yellow an there was an all round applause.

Mr Tynan said: “I would say there were over 300 balloons. It was quite moving. It was a kind of sense of celebration really and it helped having the little ones there because it kept it lively. Everyone came together, which was great to see, young and old.”

Dylan lived in Buckshaw Village with his mother and attended The All Hallows School, Penwortham.

Penwortham St Teresa's FC balloon release for Dylan Crossey

He was cycling along Chainhouse Lane towards Penwortham Way when he was involved in a collision with a BMW.

Police arrested a 42-year-old man from New Longton on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and drink driving. He has been bailed until December 19 “pending further enquiries.”

Penwortham St Teresa's FC balloon release for Dylan Crossey
Penwortham St Teresa's FC balloon release for Dylan Crossey