THE heartbroken mother of a teenager who found hanged in a woodland said she is taking comfort from the hundreds of tributes paid to her son.
Jack Whyte’s body was discovered by police in a wooded area known as The Towers off Senior Drive, Cleveleys, last Monday.
Since the 19-year-old’s death, almost 3,000 friends and loved ones have joined a tribute page on social networking site Facebook.
And last Friday more than 100 youngsters gathered on St George’s Playing Fields in Cleveleys to release lanterns in memory of their much-loved friend.
Jack’s mum, Gillian Jameson told The Gazette she wanted to thank everyone for their kindness.
She said: “I really want to say thank you to everybody who has left flowers at The Towers and to all those who have written messages on Facebook. I look at the site all the time, it is lovely to read all the beautiful words, it brings me comfort.”
Mrs Jameson, of Clarence Avenue, Cleveleys, said she did not attend the lantern release but watched from a nearby vantage point as hundreds of lights filled the sky.
She added: “Jack’s brothers Tom and Stan went but I wanted his friends to have their own time and enjoy their own memories.
“I looked on from a different spot, it looked lovely and I could hear them all singing songs.
“The weather was very sunny throughout the day but just before the lanterns were released the heavens opened and there was a thunderstorm.
“It was as if Jack was having one last joke to see which of his friends would stay in the rain.
“Needless to say everyone did stay, it was a real pleasure to watch and I would like everyone who attended to know how much I appreciated it.”
The mum-of-three described her son as ‘a bit of a joker’ and a ‘real cheeky chappy’.
She added: “It is a difficult time, no one should have to bury their son.”
Jack’s funeral will be held at St Andrew’s Church in Cleveleys on Monday at 12.30pm.