Prom walk in David’s honour

Friends, family and neighbours took part in a memorial walk for drowning victim David Sagar, travelling from South Pier to the point where David died near Gynn Square.'The walkers set off. PIC BY ROB LOCK'21-4-2012
Friends, family and neighbours took part in a memorial walk for drowning victim David Sagar, travelling from South Pier to the point where David died near Gynn Square.'The walkers set off. PIC BY ROB LOCK'21-4-2012
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THE family and friends of a teenager who tragically drowned in the sea off Blackpool made an emotional charity walk to the spot where he died.

David Sagar, a former Bispham High School pupil, was playing on the sea wall opposite Gynn Square when he fell backwards into the water.

His sister, Alicia, 15, was joined by around 20 friends as they made the journey from South Pier on Saturday.

David’s mum Anne-Marie, who described her son as “perfect in every way”, had organised the walk to raise money for the RNLI.

Family friend Claire McAllister, of Lewtas Street, Blackpool, did the walk with her daughters Emma, nine, and Shannon, 12.

She said: “We spent a lot of time with David. He was a kind, sweet boy who would do anything for anyone.

“It’s been a week since the funeral and it’s hard to believe it’s even happened.

“We are all here for David today. We are going to walk to Gynn Square and hopefully warn people about the dangers of the sea. We need to push the message a bit more.”

Another family friend Stefan Harding, 37, of Camden Road, Layton, said: “David was a unique guy. I remember the fun times we shared like having water fights and playing on the computer. It’s so sad, it’s a great loss.”

David, from Lewtas Street, Blackpool, had recently completed his GCSEs and wanted to follow his mother’s footsteps and become a teacher. He died on March 30.

Belinda Mellor, of Orme Street, central Blackpool, joined the walk to show her support for David’s mum through this difficult time.

She said: “David was very caring, a really sweet boy. It’s heartbreaking.

“What’s happened is terrible and as Blackpool residents we need to stop this happening. There have been 12 deaths in 30 years. We have some responsibility to do something.”