A toddler killed in a gas explosion was called back with a touching patrol-themed convoy.
Two-year-old George Hinds died at the scene after an explosion ripped through his family’s home in Heysham, Lancashire, earlier this month.
Hundreds of mourners gathered on the Morecambe promenade earlier today to pay their respects to the tragic little boy.
The procession was inspired by the popular children’s show – and George’s favorite – and included cars, bikes, tractors and horse drawn carriages.
Co-organizer, Sandra Cottam-Shea, says ITV the day was bittersweet, behind “a huge world of sorrow”, but it was a good chance to support the family through their loss.
George’s parents Vicky Studholme, 42, and Stephen Hinds, 41, survived the blast, the latter recently posting a filmed tribute on Facebook of his son reading an animal book, alongside the caption : “My little boy”.
The little tragic was two months before his third birthday.
Firefighters, police and paramedics rushed to Mallowdale Avenue around 2:30 a.m. on May 16 after residents were awakened by the sound of an explosion.
Two houses completely collapsed as a result of the explosion, while another was badly damaged.
Sharon and Darren Greenham were seriously injured and continue to fight for their lives in the hospital.
George’s parents were also injured and rushed to hospital, but have since been discharged and are recovering as they recover from the loss of their boy.
In a heartbreaking tribute, Stephen said, “Nothing I can say or do will bring it back, I really wish I could. Why didn’t that happen to me and made him play here with his mother?
“Please don’t take life for granted and take care of your children and yourself. I really think so.
“My little angel George, my son, mom and dad, sleep well, is always with you. I love you so so much x. “
Lancashire Police previously confirmed the explosion was caused by a cut gas line inside a nearby house.
Chief Detective Inspector Jane Webb, of the Force’s Major Investigation Team, said: “Our focus now is to try to figure out how and why the pipe inside Number 20 was cut and these investigations are complex and lengthy. “
The force urges anyone with information to come forward.
Anyone with information should contact the police on 101 citing the 0180 newspaper of May 16 or on the major incidents portal at https://mipp.police.uk/operation/0401020121W04-PO1
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.