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Sergeant Simon Brooks joins Newark Town footballers in a dab for Daniel

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<p class=”kicker”>Hundreds of people of all ages turned out this morning to take part in a mass dance pose remembering a six-year-old boy who died just before Christmas Day.</p>
The two minute dab, followed by a balloon release, on Fernwood Playing Field was held in memory of Daniel Harris who lived in the village and was a keen fan of the dab dance move.

Today more than 500 people, many of them children from his school – Chuter Ede Primary – and young footballers gathered on the playing field to remember Daniel.

His parents Phil and Kate and brothers James and Ben sent along a message thanking everybody for coming.

“The love and support for Daniel has overwhelmed us,” they said. “We are truly grateful to everyone who has reached out and to all those involved in arranging this amazing dab4Daniel.

“Daniel would find today’s dab hilarious and he’ll be looking down on us now, laughing his head off and dabbing along.”

A Facebook page called #dab4Daniel was set up on Christmas Day by Iain Moulds, a friend of Daniel’s father Phil as a way or supporting the family.

Since then thousands of Facebook users have joined the group and hundreds of photographs have been left in support.

The start of today’s dab was delayed for about 20 minutes to allow time for people from outside Fernwood to get there.

Iain said that over the past 24 hours there had been an amazing amount of help offered including the parish council, the residents’ association, first responders and the fire and rescue service to make sure the event could go ahead because of the huge response to it.

“Everybody has pulled together and shown a phenomenal level of support for the family,” he said.

“As a community we have come out and stood shoulder to shoulder, this is what it is all about. We have all come here, we can’t do anything else and we don’t know what to say but we are here shoulder to shoulder.”

Three police officers who were called to Daniel’s home on December 23 to help were among those to take part in the event. Sergeant Simon Brooks, Pc Ryan Flaherty and Pc Richard Gettings said they had wanted to come along, like so many others, to show their support for Daniel’s family.

A just giving page has been set up to raise money in Daniel’s memory and has already raised more than £2,000. Donations can be made at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/danielharris