A special convoy was organized down the Promenade to pay tribute to Jordan Banks
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A community came together today to pay tribute to nine-year-old Jordan Banks.
A special convoy saw hundreds of vehicles line the Promenade in Blackpool today (May 16) as people paid their respects to the Liverpool FC fan.
Jordan tragically died after being struck by lightning on Tuesday as he played football off School Road.
He was a member of the under-nines team at Clifton Rangers Junior Football Club.
He was also an avid fundraiser, being praised by his hero Liverpool football James Milner for his efforts.
There has been an outpouring of love of tributes from across the country following Jordan’s death, with the convoy being the latest to pay respects.
Preston-based company Vehicle Custom Light Bars arranged the convoy, in line with traffic management, Blackpool Council and Lancashire Police, on Sunday.
The company has previously arranged many convoys to help charities, raise awareness and pay tribute all over the country.
Hundreds of people came out in force to pay their respects to Jordan.
Organising the event, Director of Vehicle Custom Light Bars, Dave Haul, said: “When I heard the news I was absolutely devastated. My seven-year-old boy was playing football on the same day and I just felt so helpless for the family.
“I knew I had to try and so something and this is what we do in our line of work so we got organising. So far over 100 people have said they’ll join which is fantastic.”
Earlier this week, thousands of tributes were left at the playing fields off School Road, as well as outside his local primary school.
Flowers, football shirts and balls were left along with cards and messages of love.
Blackpool Tower also lit up red as the community remembered the nine-year-old.
Lancashire Police also released a statement on behalf of Jordan’s family following the tragedy.
It read: “Yesterday our worlds stopped. We lost the brightest star our beautiful boy Jordan.
“His laugh, that infectious smile, golden curls, he was our everything.
“Wise beyond his years, caring, considerate, generous and so loving. Our love is endless.
“Goodnight beautiful boy. We thank you all for your kind words and support but as a family ask that you respect our wishes and privacy.”