HUNDREDS of lanterns and balloons filled the skies of Wigan in memory of drowned teenager Miracle Godson.
The 13-year-old, of Marsh Green, drowned in East Quarry, in Appley Bridge, on Friday afternoon after getting into difficulty in the deep waters.
Miracle, a St John Fisher High School pupil, was a popular member of St Jude’s ARLFC and as a fitting tribute, his friends and team mates held a memorial evening (Monday) at the club premises and set off lanterns and released balloons.
Hundreds of teenagers gathered to pay their respects to the young rugby star as well as parents and players from both St Helens and Wigan rugby league clubs and Wigan legend Billy Boston.
A coach of Miracle’s at St Judes said: “I’ve never met a 13-year-old boy as respectful and that’s testament to how he was brought up by his family.”
Wigan Warriors coach Shaun Wane said: “I’ve got grown up children myself, and my thoughts go out to his family. It’s the saddest circumstance ever.
“People here knew him personally and they say he was a really nice person as well as a great athlete, and to lose him so early on is tragic.
“Every single amateur club, people from St Helens were there ... in rugby league, everyone comes together when there’s a tragic event.”