Bradford balloon release to remember teenager killed in motorbike crash

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By Megan Larkin

A balloon release is being held this Sunday in memory of a 19-year-old from Bradford who was killed in a motorbike accident.

Jaydon Howard, also known as Gigsy, died on Wrose Road, Bradford, following a road traffic accident on October 3 2021 at 10.21pm.

The balloon release will be held at Greengates Park on Sunday October 10 at 3pm, where balloons will be available to buy in the park at £2.00 each from 2.15pm.

A friend of Jaydon, who asked not to be named, said: “He was such a lovely lad, it just goes to show how loved he was around here with all of the tributes going on.

“The balloon release will help people to gather to say goodbye to Jaydon.”

Another young person, who did not want to be named, told Yorkshire Voice: “In the politest way possible if you feel as though you may have trouble at the balloon release then please release your balloons elsewhere as we are doing this for his beautiful family.”

All the money that is raised from the balloons bought on Sunday will go towards flowers or a cause following the family’s wishes, although people may bring their own balloons if they wish to.

A friend of Jaydon who asked not to be named said: “Let’s meet to turn the sky blue for the one and only Gigsy.”

Floods of tributes and flowers have been left at the scene of the accident on Wrose Road, with at least a hundred bouquets of flowers left underneath a tree at the scene.

Other tributes have been held since the accident such as gatherings and memorials within the Bradford area. On Monday October 4, young people gathered at the scene of the accident to leave balloons and flowers.

On Tuesday October 5, a gathering was held in Greengates, Bradford, where fireworks were set off in memory of Jaydon.

Saint Cuthbert’s church, Wrose Road, Bradford, also opened its doors and welcomed people in to light a candle in memory of Jaydon, where people could give donations and write in a memory book for Jaydon’s family members.

The balloon release is expected to attract hundreds of young people as a way of remembering Jaydon on Sunday October 10.

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