balloon release marks first anniversary of Dylan Cecil tragedy
of balloons were released from Burnham seafront on Monday evening
(August 19th) in memory of the four year-old Dylan Cecil who drowned
after falling from the town's jetty exactly one year ago.
mark the anniversary of the tragedy, scores of relatives, friends
and supporters gathered on the seafront.
parents were among those who released a number of balloons into
the sky at 5.58pm, the same time that the accident occurred last
of the ballooons featured children's characters from
the game Angry Birds and the movie Cars, which were Dylan's favourites.
Decorated vehicles from the film were also driven onto the seafront.
Graham Witts, vicar of St Andrew's Church, and Burnham's Mayor
Martin Cox were also in attendance to gave their
support to the family.
inquest held into the tragedy earlier
this year was held when West Somerset's coroner Michael Rose
recorded an accidental verdict.
memorial fund was set up earlier this year to help raise money
in memory of Dylan to benefit under-privileged children. Thousands
of pounds have been raised so far from a series of fundraising
number of safety improvements have been made in Burnham since
last August's tragedy, including extra signs around the jetty,
a new audible warning system at the top of the jetty, and an enhanced
lifeguarding service from the RNLI.
Pictured: The scenes on Burnham seafront on Monday (pics Jan