Support call of tragic grandad

Bailey Sumner-Lonsdale
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The grandfather of a boy who died after falling from an insecure zip wire ride has thanked the people of Blackpool for their support.

Philip Lonsdale is also calling on residents to join his family’s campaign by writing to their local MP to lobby for tighter controls on zip wires after the death of Bailey Lonsdale-Sumner in 2011.

Phil Lonsdale

Phil Lonsdale

Earlier this month, an inquest in North Wales ruled Bailey’s death was accidental.

The 11-year-old, from Grange Park, fell from the Swampflyer at Greenwood Forest Park in North Wales because he had been wrongly attached to the equipment.

Today, Philip Lonsdale said: “My family and I wish to thank the people of Blackpool and the Fylde for kind considerations both at the time of death and during the inquest.

“It has been a difficult time for all of us and you have helped us through it.”

The family intends to write to Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden and the Health and Safety Executive, urging the introduction of proper guidelines around zip wires.

Mr Lonsdale added: “A major point came out of the inquest that we feel should be brought to the attention of all and indeed, may require government intervention to prevent future parents and grandparents having to endure the agony of the funeral and inquest of their children.

“The coroner at the inquest will write to all bodies concerned requesting a good government guide.

“She is, albeit a powerful voice, still just one voice.

“I intend to add to that voice and would respectfully ask concerned readers to add to that voice also.

“Introduction of tighter controls and good guidance will not bring back our child but we would receive great solace if the outcome of this accident has ensured your children can enjoy the thrill of these rides with you safe in the knowledge that good guidelines are being followed.”

Call newsdesk on (01253) 361865 to add your support.