Plaque will be lasting tribute to tragic Jacob Jenkins

Jacob Jenkins.
Jacob Jenkins.

A plaque is to be placed to mark the spot where a little boy brought the people of Hartlepool together.

Permission has been granted by Hartlepool Borough Council for a lasting tribute in memory of toddler Jacob Jenkins to be placed on a bench near the clock tower in Seaton Crew.

The Clock Tower, at the Bus Station. Seaton Carew.

The Clock Tower, at the Bus Station. Seaton Carew.

The place is where hundreds of people gathered to release yellow balloons in a vigil of hope for the two-year-old.

Sadly, as balloons were released into the night sky, on October 14, Jacob passed away in the arms of his parents Abigail Wilson and David Jenkins.

Now, after making contact with the council, Stephen Picton with the help of Coun Paul Thompson, has gained permission to place a plaque at the spot where everyone gathered to hold Jacob in their thoughts.

Mr Picton said: “The plaque would be a fitting tribute to Jacob but to also mark how he brought the people of Hartlepool together. The plaque will be engraved and will also have two balloons embossed on each side of it.”

The plaque will be a fitting tribute to Jacob

Stephen Picton

The plaque will be funded by money raised through a recent fishing competition put together by pure fishing, reel sea fishing and total bass fishing groups which took place in Hartlepool in Jacob’s memory.

Words expected to appear on the plaque alongside Jacob’s name include: “An angel brought us together so that we could say goodbye.”

Coun Paul Thompson said: “It was one of the organisers who approached me asking if we could put a lasting memorial to Jacob down at the place where the people of Hartlepool have an emotional attachment – as this was where they released balloons as Jacob passed away.

“The people of Hartlepool have had some bad press but they really show what the words ‘community’ and ‘community spirit’ means when it comes to things like this.

“As far as I’m aware, the plaque has been ordered and will be in place soon.”

Little Jacob was taken to the hearts of the people of Hartlepool when he was left fighting for his life after choking on a grape in Pizza Hut.