Mourners in red and blue for little Dylan’s funeral

The funeral for Dylan Cecil in Kettering
The funeral for Dylan Cecil in Kettering

Family and friends wore red and blue for the funeral of a four-year-old boy who drowned after falling off a jetty.

The funeral of Dylan Cecil was held on Tuesday at St Mary’s Church, in Fuller Street, Kettering, at 1pm, with the family asking for those attending to wear red for Angry Birds or blue for Sonic the Hedgehog as they were the youngster’s favourite characters.

Family and friends attended the funeral, at which little Dylan’s coffin arrived in a white carriage pulled by two horses.

More than 100 people went to the funeral, including officials from Burnham-on-Sea Search and Rescue – who helped try and find Dylan – and they brought an anchor-shaped wreath.

Dylan, of Kettering, was visiting his grandparents when he fell into the water at Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset on Sunday, August 19.

He was said to have been trying to get a closer look at the sea when the incident happened.

The youngster disappeared from view while members of his family were enjoying a day on the coast.

His parents, Rachel McCollum and Darren Cecil, attempted to save their boy, while emergency services quickly launched a search and rescue operation.

His body was found by a member of the public four days later – and less than half a mile away from where he was last seen – at a nearby sailing club.