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Balloons released to remember Dylan Cecil tragedy one year on
FRIENDS, relatives and well-wishers released dozens of colourful balloons from Burnham seafront last night (August 19) in memory four-year-old Dylan Cecil.
The ceremony came exactly one year since Dylan drowned after slipping from the jetty.
His parents thanked everyone for their support as they joined in releasing the balloons at 5.58pm – the same time the tragedy happened.
Some of the balloons had characters from Dylan’s favourite Angry Birds game. Dylan also loved the children’s film, Cars, and there were sports cars at the ceremony.
Rev Graham Witts, of St Andrew’s Church and Burnham Mayor Martin Cox also attended.
Cllr Cox told the Weekly News: “It was very emotional, but there was a nice atmosphere with hundreds of people turning out to show their support for the family and to remember what happened.
“The balloons were a glorious site to see and watching them float up into the air was peaceful.
“It’s important we remember Dylan and that we ensure nothing like that ever happens again. Much has been done since, such as improving signage and safety lines at the top of the slipway. I hope people will remember how unpredictable the sea can be and we can avoid further tragedies.”
Cllr Cox praised Rev Witts for his help supporting the family during the search for Dylan. The reverend said a few prayers and held a minute’s silence at the ceremony.
A memorial fund was set up following the tragedy in memory of Dylan, raising thousands of pounds to help under-privileged children.
Safety improvements have been implemented since the incident last August, including increased signage and an enhanced lifeguard service from the RNLI.