Hundreds of balloons were released as family and friends of Niamh Curry marked a year since the five-year-old died.
Niamh, from Wellingborough, died on May 20, 2012, and the anniversary was marked by a minute’s silence and the balloon release at the Redwell Leisure Centre in the town on Monday, May 20.
Organisers asked people to bring along pink, purple and blue balloons as they were Niamh’s favourite colours.
“It’s lovely to keep her memory alive,” said close family friend Charlotte Nash, who organised the event.
She said the large turnout showed how well-loved Niamh, who battled neuroblastoma for 18 months, was.
“She was unique,” Ms Nash added. “There were a lot of people who were heartbroken [when she died], even those who hadn’t met her.”
Among those who released balloons were Poppy Byrne, five, who was Niamh’s best friend. She brought a giant balloon in the shape of an N.
Her mum Ria said: “We tell her Niamh is now the brightest star in the sky.”
Niamh’s dad Chris paid tribute to those who gathered to remember his daughter. He said: “The balloon release is a lovely thing to do.
“We know that there’s still a lot of emotion with Niamh. I think it’s amazing that people are taking the time to come out to take part.”