Little angel Jacob Jenkins could be immortalised by having a new aeroplane named after him.
Travel firm Thomson are running a competition to name their new 787 Dreamliner jet and Fly High Jacob – suggested in memory of the Hartlepool two-year-old – rose to second place in an online vote.
Numerous variations of Jacob were suggested by Hartlepool residents still grieving after the toddler’s tragic death but Fly High Jacob has received the backing of his parents Abigail Wilson and David Jenkins. A Thomson spokesman said: “We have received a lot of interest in the competition.
“Entrants create a name for our new 787 Dreamliner through our dedicated page at www.nameourplane.com.
“Once entered, entrants can either share the competition through one of their social networks or use the link to share the competition and enable people to vote for their submission.
“The five entries with the highest number of votes will be submitted to our judging panel to choose the name for the Dreamliner.”
Jacob supporters have been voting in their droves and sharing the page via social media including the Facebook tribute page Follow the Balloons Jacob.
Fly High Jacob yesterday had over 7,700 votes.
The name Edie is currently leading the intenet vote. In another tragedy similar to that of little Jacob, two-year-old Edie Rose, from Scotland, died two weeks ago after suffering a seizure.
It has led to a number of people suggesting on the Thomson website to name one wing after Edie and the other for Jacob.
One visitor to the website called Liz said: “It’s a big plane let them take a wing each and fly together keep each other company you could do something great here.”
It was one week ago today that the town turned out in force to say goodbye to Jacob, who choked on a grape at Pizza Hut, at his funeral.
Hundreds of people lined the town centre and released yellow balloons as a horse and carriage took him to his final resting place.