RED AR­ROWS WOW CROWDS

The Scarborough Evening News - - FRONT PAGE -

HE is the lit­tle boy who has touched the heart of the na­tion.

And Scar­bor­ough gave a hero’s wel­come to Bradley Low­ery when he vis­ited with his fam­ily.

A smil­ing Bradley, who is bat­tling child­hood can­cer neu­rob­las­toma, was guest of hon­our as 30,000 peo­ple turned out for Armed Forces Day, with a grand­stand view from the bal­cony of the Town Hall as the RAF Fal­cons para­chute dis­play team dropped onto the beach, and later a spec­tac­u­lar show by the Red Ar­rows, which he found “mes­meris­ing.”

Chair­man of the Armed Forces Day group Tom Fox said the six-year-old “ab­so­lutely loved it” – and was fas­ci­nated by the VIPs’ of­fi­cial re­galia.

“He was very keen on the (po­lice) su­per­in­ten­dent’s hat with the gold braid and he wore it for ages and he took the sword off Ma­jor Scrope, the Vice Lord-Lieu­tenant of North York­shire,” said Mr Fox.

“He had one of those fid­get spin­ners with him and he was show­ing us how to prop­erly use them – he could spin it on one fin­ger. If you didn’t know he was ill you wouldn’t spot it.”

The fam­ily had been due to take a trip to Dis­ney World, but were forced to can­cel when the ter­mi­nally ill young­ster’s health took a turn for the worse.

Bradley’s story has touched mil­lions with his fam­ily be­ing told in De­cem­ber that his can­cer is ter­mi­nal.

Par­ents Gemma and Carl and brother Kieran then pledged to make “ev­ery mo­ment count” in Bradley’s life.

Gemma said they’d had lots of fun on their week-long visit to the re­gion.

She told The Scar­bor­ough News: “We are hav­ing a fan­tas­tic time mak­ing spe­cial mem­o­ries. We were at the beach on Sun­day and Bradley had lots of fun. The peo­ple of Scar­bor­ough are very friendly.”

John Se­nior, chair­man of the South Bay Traders’ and na­tional co­or­di­na­tor for He­roes Wel­come UK, which or­gan­ised two days of ac­tiv­i­ties for the fam­ily from Black­hall, near Hartle­pool – in­clud­ing a pri­vate tour of the Sea Life Cen­tre and fish and chips at the Golden Grid – said: “What makes it so spe­cial was Scar­bor­ough com­ing to­gether not only to sup­port Armed Forces Day, but to recog­nise the courage and brav­ery of this very in­spir­ing in­di­vid­ual.

“I’ve been in the armed forces most of my adult life and you recog­nise courage when you see it. He was very smi­ley, very happy, full of jokes. His mum and the sup­port group were ab­so­lutely de­light­ful.

“Scar­bor­ough was packed to the rafters for such a bril­liant day for ev­ery­one. The whole point of Armed Forces Day is to thank those who serve our coun­try and we re­ally roll the red car­pet out for them in Scar­bor­ough.

“Our Armed Forces Day cel­e­bra­tions are the most suc­cess­ful in the UK and we’re very proud of that.”

Bradley, from County Durham, has been in and out of hospi­tal with surgery, che­mother­apy, ra­dio­ther­apy and in­ten­sive care treat­ments.

Writ­ing on Bradley Low­ery’s Fight Face­book page last week, Gemma said: “Bradley is awake for about four to five hours a day, which is plenty of time to have fun. We were told three weeks ago he had weeks to live and he is still go­ing.

“I am so proud of him, he is my lit­tle su­per­star. I know he could change any day now and when that time comes it’s go­ing to be the hard­est thing I’ve ever had to do, but for now we are mak­ing the most of ev­ery­thing.”

It comes as a song re­leased for Bradley climbed to num­ber three the iTunes chart. Year 1 chil­dren from Black­hall Col­liery Pri­mary School teamed up with Hartle­pool singing sis­ters Liv’n’G to record Smile for Bradley in sup­port of their poorly friend. All pro­ceeds are go­ing to the Bradley Low­ery Foun­da­tion.

The young­ster’s life changed at 18 months when he was di­ag­nosed with the rare can­cer that af­fects around 100 chil­dren in the UK ev­ery year.

De­tails of the foun­da­tion can be found at: https://bradley­low­erys­fight.org.uk

Red Ar­rows fly past Scar­bor­ough Cas­tle. Pic­ture by Linda Davies. (in­set) Steve Jewel pa1725-10g

Large crowds gath­ered at South Bay pa1725-10r

Bradley en­joy­ing his time on the beach. A demon­stra­tion by the RNLI and Coast­guard pa1725-11g War hero Ben Parkin­son with piper Karl Mid­dle­ton pa1725-10l

The Red Ar­rows fly­ing past the light­house. pa1725-12e

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