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Hatton youngster Kai remembered by 500 people at memorial ceremony.

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 27, 2014

By Rob Smyth

Tribute walk to Kai Lambe who died at the Tutbury weir

Tribute walk to Kai Lambe who died at the Tutbury weir

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MORE than 500 people took part in a special nighttime vigil to pay tribute to a schoolboy who died after falling into a weir.

Family and friends of nine-year-old Kai Lambe, of Heathway, Hatton, decided to launch lanterns into the sky at the spot where the tragedy happened near Tutbury Mill on the River Dove.

The lanterns and orange balloons were released into the sky and floating tealights were lit on the water as people gathered to pay their respects.

Organiser Sophie Sanders said: "I wanted to get all of us together in memory of Kai.

"He was so memorable and so full of life, so we thought we would set some lanterns off and light up the sky for him."

The Mail can also reveal that Burton Junior Football League will host a minute's silence before the start of all games on the opening day of the new season next month as a tribute to the youngster who played for Hatton United.

A spokesman for the team said: "Kai was one of our juniors.

"He loved playing football.

"He played for Hatton for the last two years and was getting ready for under-10s season."

The Heath Fields Primary School pupil was reported to have got into difficulty after falling into the weir.

He was pulled from the water and taken to Burton's Queen's Hospital, where he was declared dead. A spokesman for South Staffordshire Coroner's Office said that, while the coroner had been informed of the youngster's death, an inquest had yet to be opened.

Kai was previously described by his devastated family as "vibrant, happy and bubbly".

His parents Dawn and Ali, sister Ellie-May and brother Tom said: "Kai was our ray of sunshine who brightened up the darkest day. We, as a family, are overwhelmed with the support of everyone in the close-knit village of Hatton and from people afar."

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