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Parents pay tribute to “caring and considerate” son Jake

Jake Taylor drowned last Thursday whilst on holiday at the La Croix Du Vieux Pont campsite in northern France.

11 year old Jake Taylor, was on holiday with his parents and 4 brothers, along with 4 other families from Hull.

Having chosen to keep a dignified silence about the exact events which led up to Jake’s death, to ensure they do not jeopardise the ongoing police investigation, his devastated parents have paid tribute to their “unique and special” boy.

His heartbroken mum Hannah, a retail assistant, said:

He was the most loving person you would meet in your life, you could talk to him and he would melt you. He was always happy, always smiling. His manners were impeccable. He was so caring and considerate. Jake was just Jake, he was so unique.

Jake’s devoted dad, Lance, a window cleaner, said he and Jake shared a special bond.

He was a daddy’s boy. He was the most loving boy ever, he told us he loved us every day. He was beautiful, inside and out. He had the longest eyelashes, he was going to be a heartbreaker. He loved cricket too. He was also the best computer gamer, he was fantastic, he put a lot of people to shame. He was such a special little boy.

The family were on their first holiday abroad since 2013.  The day before the tragedy, they had enjoyed a “magical” day at Disneyland Paris.

Jake had recently finished Year Six at Eastfield Primary School and was due to start at Sirius Academy in September.

Jake’s death is still being investigated by the French Gendarmerie (police). Although they have no involvement with the investigation, Humberside Police have confirmed they are supporting Jake’s family and are liaising with the Foreign Commonwealth Office.

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Mary Vickers moved to North East Lincolnshire in 2010, from the Wiltshire/Hampshire border, to become Urban and Industrial Chaplain NELincs. Made redundant in 2017, she's maintained many of her connections within the business, faith, and other local communities. She's also decided to stay here rather than return to either the south or her husband's native Yorkshire, so that she can continue to enjoy and help promote the positives of NELincs.

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