Tower lights up pink for April

Pink balloons and Chinese lanterns were released in front of Blackpool Tower (which was illuminated in pink) for the missing five year old April Jones. Pictured front, centre, is Karen Makinson.
Pink balloons and Chinese lanterns were released in front of Blackpool Tower (which was illuminated in pink) for the missing five year old April Jones. Pictured front, centre, is Karen Makinson.
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BLACKPOOL Tower shone pink last night to commemorate one week since the disappearance of April Jones.

The special light show was put on to coincide with a nationwide event led by the parents of five-year-old April, who went missing from her hometown of Machynlleth, Wales, last Monday evening.

Pink balloons and Chinese lanterns were released in front of Blackpool Tower (which was illuminated in pink) for the missing five year old April Jones.

Pink balloons and Chinese lanterns were released in front of Blackpool Tower (which was illuminated in pink) for the missing five year old April Jones.

Tower bosses agreed to the request after they were contacted by Karen Makinson, of Springfield Road, North Shore, who has been involved in a campaign on social networking website Facebook to help raise awareness about her disappearance.

Karen said she hoped the special switch-on would help bring to people’s attention the plight of missing children across the country, and joined more than 30 others to release a flurry of pink balloons at the Comedy Carpet on the Promenade as part of the co-ordinated event launched by April’s parents, Coral and Paul Jones.

Karen, 37, said: “I’ve got ten children myself. I feel for her parents and this has really got to me.

“It was the same with Madeleine McCann and a lot of people have pointed out we’ve got two children missing ourselves in Blackpool, Paige Chivers and Charlene Downes. It’s heart rending.”

Kate Shane, general manager of Blackpool Tower, said they were happy to get involved.

She added: “The whole country has been affected by these terrible circumstances and Blackpool Tower is proud to be able to offer our support by lighting up the Tower top with pink lights.”

Mark Bridger, 46, appeared before magistrates in Aberystwyth yesterday charged with April’s murder.

He was also charged with child abduction and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

He was remanded in custody and will be held in prison in Manchester.

He will appear at Caernarfon Crown Court via video link tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Matthew Woods, 19, from Chorley, was jailed for 12 weeks yesterday after he made a number of derogatory posts about April and missing youngster Madeline McCann online.