Friends of Owen Jenkins tie purple ribbons around hometown in his memory

The family and friends of a boy, who drowned trying to rescue two girls who got into difficulty in a river, are tying ribbons around his hometown in his memory.

Owen Jenkins, was 12, died after he went into the water at the Beeston Marina, near Nottingham.

His loved ones now want to turn Beeston purple, with ribbons in his favourite colour.

The family of Owen Jenkins say he died a hero. Credit: Family photo

The event is being organised by family friend Jolene Haywood, who said Owen would "love" being the centre of attention.

The event is being organised by family friend Jolene Haywood. Credit: ITV News Central

Giving their first television interview since their son's death, Owen's parents said they had been overwhelmed by the support of friends and well-wishers.

Gary and Nicola Jenkins said Owen would have "laughed his socks off" at all the fuss being made about his heroic actions.

Owen's family want to turn his hometown purple, as it was his favourite colour. Credit: ITV News Central