Tributes after another tragic loss for family

Dylan Smith with mum Mandy.
Dylan Smith with mum Mandy.

A new online fund-raising appeal has been launched following another tragic loss for a Blyth family.

Donations poured in to give popular barber Darryl Smith a send-off that enabled people in the town to pay their respects as a horse-drawn carriage escorted him through town streets before a service at Cowpen Cemetery.

The 27-year-old was found dead at his home on June 13.

The family has received further heartbreaking news as Darryl’s younger brother Dylan, 22, died over the weekend.

A fund-raising page has been set-up by family friend Leanne Hayter and it has already received more than £1,000 in donations.

On the page, she said: ‘Devastating to be reaching out to you all again, but Mandy, Bill and the boys need all our help if you can.

‘They have sadly lost Dylan and under the circumstances, we are asking for your help to give him the send-off he deserves.’

Hundreds of people also gathered by the town’s beach to remember Darryl and release balloons, many featuring personal messages and tributes, into the sky.

He was engaged and a devoted dad to four-year-old daughter Keevah.

Dylan, a kitchen porter at the La Torre restaurant in Blyth, was also engaged.

There has been an outpouring of social media tributes to Dylan. One of the Facebook posts said there was ‘a dark cloud over Blyth at the moment’.

To donate to the appeal, go to www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/leanne-hayter