Pupils’ silence for tragic classmate

Bailey Sumner-Lonsdale who died in a tragic zip wire accident
Bailey Sumner-Lonsdale who died in a tragic zip wire accident
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MORE than 1,000 mourners are expected to pay their respects to a Grange Park schoolboy killed in an horrific zip wire accident.

Bailey Sumner-Lonsdale, 11, died on Easter Sunday after plunging 30ft from the ride at an adventure park in Wales.

Glowing tributes were paid to Bailey, of Wensleydale Avenue, by Dayle Harrison, headteacher of Boundary Primary School who described him as a “bright and charismatic pupil.”

And now his classmates are preparing to pay a special tribute to the talented footballer as part of his funeral procession on Monday.

All 450 pupils will gather outside the Dinmore Avenue school and hold a two-minute silence to remember Bailey.

Later they will release helium balloons before making their way to Carleton Crematorium for a service of thanksgiving for his life.

Thousands of messages of condolence have poured in much to the comfort of the youngster’s devastated family.

Today Bailey’s heartbroken parents Gary and Dawn Sumner-Lonsdale and his two grandfathers, Fred Sumner and Phil Lonsdale said they has been comforted by tributes.

In a family statement they wrote: “We would like to thank everyone for their messages, condolence cards and floral tributes during this sad time.

“They haven’t just come from Blackpool as more than 3,000 messages have been left on Facebook.

“We’d like to give special thanks to Tracey Dewhurst and Lynn Leng from Leng’s Funeral Home who have helped us make arrangements under such upsetting circumstances.

“Everybody is welcome to attend Bailey’s funeral, we realise people don’t know what to say, but anyone can come and pay their respects.”

More than 1,000 people are expected to attend Carleton Crematorium for the service at 1pm on Monday. The funeral procession will leave from his grandfather’s house on Rockingham Road Bispham at 11.50am.

It will travel along Bispham Road to Garstang Road West before going to the Dinmore Avenue school. The two minutes silence will take place at 12.20pm

The procession will then travel along Tarnbrook Drive to Newton Drive and along St Walburga’s before making its way to the crematorium.

Any inquiries can be directed to Leng’s Funeral Home on (01253) 471827.