The Hamilton community has been in mourning this week following the death of 11-year-old Dean Irvine who tragically drowned at Alexander Memorial Park on Saturday.
The young Celtic fan from Hillhouse will be laid to rest in his beloved hoops next Thursday after the first-team signed his shirt this week.
But before that, locals are invited to pay their respects in outdoor vigils which will be held tonight and tomorrow evening.
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It comes after the local community this week mourns the loss of ‘wee Dean’ who lost his life on Saturday after getting into difficulty in water at Alexander Memorial Park in Stonehouse.
Friday evening (tonight) at Jock Stein pitches
The Monday Club, the kids group Dean attended, will host a balloon release event this evening (July 30) at the Jock Stein grass park.
Organisers are providing biodegradable 100 balloons for the memorial which will be set into the sky at 6pm.
There will also be a remembrance book which attendees can sign for Dean’s family.
Sammy Brown from The Monday Club paid tribute to ‘wee Dean’ as she encourages locals to turn out this evening.
She told Lanarkshire Live : “Our thoughts are with the family of Dean right now.
“We all knew him very well. It’s very tragic under the circumstances but we hope to give him a good send off.”
A post on the group’s Facebook page read: “After speaking with family and receiving their permission the Monday Club will be having a balloon release this Friday 30th July @ 6pm down at the Jock Stein Grass park.
“The Monday Club will provide balloons (100).
“If you would like to come along with your children please do feel free, there will also be a book of remembrance for you to be able to write a little note or memory for Dean’s family.”
Saturday evening at Hamilton Palace Grounds
A separate memorial event will also be held tomorrow evening (July 31) by car enthusiasts group Lanarkshire Outlawz.
The group are teaming up with fellow organisation West Cost Modified in the vigil at the Hamilton Palace Grounds on Saturday at 6.30pm.
Members of the public are invited to the gathering where a fundraiser will also be held, as well as more balloons being released.
A post on the event’s page read: “Lanarkshire Outlawz & West Cost Modified will be joining together this Saturday night to raise some money to help the family out who have sadly lost their young son Dean Irvine in a water accident at the weekend.
“This will be a static meet as their won’t only be members off the car scene there we will also be inviting the public possibilities of police attending the meet and possible news reporters will attend the meet.
“There will be a group of members walking around (with the group’s jumpers on) with buckets so please any little spare change will mean a lot to the family.
“BRING BALLOONS AS WE WILL ALSO BE LETTING BALLOONS GO! “
Organisers have also asked attendees to be respectful if coming along.
Lanarkshire Outlawz held a similar vigil the night after the tragedy where people came to pay their respects to Dean.
The fundraising page for Dean is still active and you can donate here.
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