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Dylan Cecil's grandparents overwhelmed by tributes in Burnham-on-Sea

By abbiewhouse  |  Posted: August 21, 2012

  • Tributes to Dylan Cecil

  • Flowers, candles and cuddly toys at Burnham-on-Sea paying tribute to the life of four-year-old Dylan Cecil.

  • Flowers, candles and cuddly toys at Burnham-on-Sea paying tribute to the life of four-year-old Dylan Cecil.

  • Tributes to Dylan Cecil

  • Tributes to Dylan Cecil

  • Tributes to Dylan Cecil

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Dylan Cecil's grandparents were in tears at the sea front this morning looking on at the huge display of flowers, candles and cuddly toys that people had left as a tribute to their four-year-old grandson.

Dylan's grandmother, wanted to let people know how thankful she was for the support she had received:

"We just really want to say thank you so much to everyone. We are unutterably upset about what has happened but everyone has been so supportive. This tribute is amazing."

"It's not just people in Burnham and who have showed their support, it's people from all over the country."

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Dylan's Grandfather said: "We need time to deal with our grief at the moment but everyone should know how grateful we are for this tribute to Dylan's life.  

"He was a wonderful little boy and we loved him more than anything."

Eril Johnson, a father-of-two, came to Burnham-on-Sea on holiday with his six-year-old daughter, Angel, this week and visited the memorial this morning:

"We were actually at the sea front at five O' Clock this morning because my little girl couldn't sleep. She's at that age where she just about understands what has happened and it's a tough thing to talk to her about.

"It is hard because she keeps saying that God will give him a new heart and he'll be back and ok. It's difficult to know what to say to when she says something like that.

"I'm amazed by the outpouring of emotion from local people. When I get home I'm going to find a fund so I can give money to the parents.

"I haven't given up hope and I still believe he will be washed ashore, if only to give his family some peace.

Young mum Natalie Ellis From Burnham-on-Sea was also at the sea front this morning helping her two year old son light a candle at the memorial:

"It's amazing that people from all over the region are coming to show their support. It's such a sad thing to happen, it's inconceivable that parents should have to go through this."

Lyn Crawford from Winnie's bakery in Burnham-on-Sea says: "It's so sad for the family that the search has been called off.

"The atmosphere has been very sullen today after the search has been called off. Everyone who comes in is asking about it."

"My thoughts are with the family this morning and I know everyone in Burnham-on-Sea feels the same. It's a tragedy" she said.

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  • markus250666  |  August 21 2012, 3:12PM

    My sincere condolences to this Little mans family, our thoughts are with you. from everybody in Grimsby, lincolnshire

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  • Damian36  |  August 21 2012, 1:06PM

    Praying for this little boy to be returned home to his family. If there is a fund setup to help his family or perhaps help pay for the coastline to be monitored for the foreseeable future, please can you publish the details. Dylan and his family are in our thoughts. A Family in Coventry, West Midlands.

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