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Blackpool lightning strike: tributes paid to Jordan Banks

Jordan Banks as named locally, was taking part in a football coaching session in Blackpool. Photo credit BBC

The family of a nine-year-old boy killed after being struck by lightning during football training said he was “the brightest star” and “our everything”.

Jordan Banks was injured when a thunderstorm hit as he was on a playing field in Blackpool on Tuesday evening.

According to Lancashire Police, he was taken to hospital with serious injuries after being struck by lightning at about 17:00 BST but died a short time later.

A statement from his family said “our worlds stopped” when “we lost our beautiful boy”.

Jordan had an “infectious smile” and was “wise beyond his years”, it added.

His family described him as “caring, considerate, generous and so loving”, adding “yesterday our worlds stopped”.

Flowers, football boots and messages of condolence have been placed on the field. Photo: BBC

Flowers, footballs, football shirts and messages of condolence have been left at the playing field on Common Edge Road.

People have also been posting nine footballs on social media in honour of the keen Liverpool FC fan, using the hashtag #RIPLittleMan.

Liverpool midfielder James Milner, who had previously sent Jordan a congratulatory video message for completing a charity run for a mental health charity, tweeted: “A special boy taken far too soon.”

The youngster ran 30 miles in 10 days in memory of his uncle earlier this year, raising £3,000.

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