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One-minute silence for drowned boy


Family and friends held a one-minute silence in memory of a four-year-old boy who died after falling into the sea from a jetty while on holiday with his parents.

Dylan Cecil, from Kettering, Northamptonshire, wanted to get a closer look at the sea but slipped off the jetty and into the water at Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset.

Yesterday members of the community joined the youngster's parents, Rachel McCollum and Darren Cecil, and his two younger sisters, aged one and three, on the jetty for the tribute.

A memorial service at St Andrew's Church was due to follow in the evening.

Bears, flowers and football shirts have been left by well-wishers following the death last Sunday.

The family had been visiting grandparents in the town when the tragedy occurred.

Dylan's parents desperately tried to rescue him, but were unable to reach him and had to be pulled from the water by passers-by.

A member of the public discovered his body on nearby mudflats four days later.

Speaking ahead of the memorial service, the Rev Graham Witts said: "I hope the service will be helpful for the family and for the community in helping them to come to terms with what has happened."

An inquest into his death is to be opened in Taunton tomorrow.