Bikers hit the road in memory of tragic Dylan

PUBLISHED: 11:00 07 September 2012

Motorcyclists waiting for the start.

Motorcyclists waiting for the start.

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MORE than 100 bikers joined a charity run in memory of a four-year-old boy who died after slipping off Burnham's jetty.

Dylan Cecil was visiting his grandparents with his parents and two sisters when he fell and disappeared into the water on August 19.

His mother, Rachel McCollum, and father, Darren Cecil, immediately dived in to save him but became caught in the strong currents and were pulled out by passers-by and rescue services.

A major search operation was launched throughout the night and the following day to recover the youngster. His body was eventually found four days later near the town’s yacht club.

Hordes of bikes, quad bikes and mopeds gathered at Burnham’s Pier Street car park on Sunday and set off on a 50-mile journey in memory of Dylan and to raise money for the rescue organisations which worked tirelessly to try to find him - including the Burnham Area Rescue Boat, RNLI and the Coastguard.

Dylan’s family returned to their home town of Kettering in Northamptonshire last week and his funeral was held on Tuesday.

The town’s football club also postponed its match so players and officials could attend the service.

A police investigation has also now been launched following the theft of a flag, which was flying at half mast in Dylan’s memory, from the town’s jetty.

It was stolen at around noon on August 22 and officers are now appealing for any witnesses to call 101 and quote the crime reference 92079/12.

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