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Hundreds turn out in the cold to remember Walkden fire victims

Paying respects at the memorial on Jackson Street Credit: MEN Media

Hundreds of people of all ages attended an informal memorial service for the victims of the Walkden fire.

They were there to remember the four children who died in the fire at a house on Jackson Street - siblings Demi Pearson, 15, her eight-year-old brother Brandon and seven-year-old sister Lacie, died in the blaze on Monday. Three-year-old Lia, died on Wednesday after being rushed to hospital in a critical condition.

An online appeal to raise funds to pay for the children's funerals has exceeded its target of £15,000.

The four children who died Credit: ITV Granada
Lanterns were sent aloft Credit: MEN Media

The mourners carried pink, blue and ‘You’ll be missed’ balloons - they also held numbered balloons - 3, 7, 8 and 14 to represent the children’s ages.

Friends of Demi wore ‘We Love You Demi P’ jumpers as they gave final farewells to their young friend.

Tea candles spell out the family name Credit: MEN Media

Events like these show how the community can come together. People have come out as families here - it is nice to see all the children because, after all, the victims were children.

– Rev Kennedy, Churches Together community group
A growing number of flowers have been laid in tribute Credit: MEN Media
Balloons released as part of the service Credit: MEN Media
Young and old attended Credit: MEN Media