Plea to pay tribute to the victims of the explosion in Heysham with a doorstep silence and minute clap

A former Morecambe councillor is asking people to pay tribute to the victims of the explosion in Heysham by holding a minute's doorstep silence followed by a minute clap this evening.

Sunday, 16th May 2021, 6:26 pm

Joshua Brandwood, of Lancaster said: “As a mark of respect for the victims of the explosion in Heysham, I feel it would be a lovely tribute for all locals in Lancaster and Morecambe to take part in a doorstep minute silence followed by a minute clap for the emergency services who are currently working hard around the clock to support all the families affected.

"If locals would like to participate then stand on your doorstep at 7pm this evening (Sunday May 16). One minute silence and one minute clap."

The parents of a toddler who died following a suspected gas explosion in Heysham have paid tribute to their "beautiful little angel".

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George Arthur Hinds, aged two years and 10 months, who died following a suspected gas explosion in Heysham.
George Arthur Hinds, aged two years and 10 months, who died following a suspected gas explosion in Heysham.

Police were called to the scene of the blast on Mallowdale Avenue in Heysham at about 2.40am on Sunday.

George Arthur Hinds, aged two years and 10 months, died.

George’s parents Vicky Studholme and Stephen Hinds were also injured, although not seriously.

They said: “We are devastated at the loss of our beautiful George.

"He was so precious to us. We have no words to describe how we feel and just want time to ourselves to come to terms with what has happened. Our beautiful little angel grew his wings today.”