COLOURFUL balloons were released into the sky above a Sheffield park to remember a little boy who died suddenly at his father’s home.
Young friends of Blake Norie, aged five, from Lowedges, who was a pupil at Meynell Primary School, gathered in Greenhill Park with their parents and Blake’s family for the ceremony.
The balloons featured characters from children’s cartoons and television shows, including one of Blake’s favourites - Thomas the Tank Engine.
Blake’s grandfather, Stuart Norie, said: “About 100 people turned up and 150 balloons were released. The event was the little ones’ way of saying goodbye to Blake.”
Balloons were also released by Blake’s relatives who came to Sheffield from other areas of Britain and as far as Florida.
Blake was found collapsed at his father’s home in Lowedges a few days after being discharged from Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
He had been given a clean bill of health following a playground incident during which he had been kicked in the groin.
Blake’s funeral will be held at City Road Cemetery on Tuesday, August 9, with a service in the chapel followed by burial.
An investigation into the cause of Blake’s death is being carried out on behalf of the coroner.