Belfast Telegraph

Sweet-natured Bradley 'doing what he loved' when he died

By Lesley Houston

Mourners paid their last respects to Bradley Logan, described as the "sweetest-natured child", who died suddenly during what should have been an enjoyable family day out at a funfair.

The 10-year-old, who was due to start P7 next month, collapsed during a visit to Pleasureland in Newcastle, Co Down, on Friday.

His funeral took place yesterday at The Church of the Latter Day Saints in Lisburn.

The child had been visiting the outdoor adventure centre in the afternoon when he appeared to "just faint".

It is understood he had fainted a number of times in recent months and had been referred to a specialist.

He and his family, who had only recently returned from a holiday abroad, had just enjoyed lunch in the seaside resort before arriving at the funfair, just off the town's Central Promenade.

Ambulance crews made attempts to resuscitate him at the scene and efforts continued en route to Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital.

An ambulance and rapid response paramedic were called and the boy was taken to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

But Bradley died a short time later.

Witnesses at outdoor funfair said that the boy had seemed to "just faint".

But it soon became apparent that he was seriously ill.

They said the child did not suffer any head injury during the collapse.

The park closed immediately to members of the public and police examined the scene for a number of hours before the funfair reopened.

An autopsy performed on Bradley, who attended Harmony Hill in Lisburn, found that he had died of natural causes, police confirmed some days after the tragedy.

Bradley was a sporty boy who was a prize-winning cricketer on his school's team.

He also played for Derriaghy Cricket Club's under 11s and Harmony Hill's hockey squad.

He was the grandson of former Linfield captain and manager Eric Bowyer, who described him as a "great lad" who was "full of fun".

"His tragic death is a great blow to the family. We will miss him so dearly," he added.

"He was the sweetest-natured child I have ever met.

"He loved people and people of all ages warmed to him."

He added: "He was playing on the amusements one minute and then he went onto another amusement, the helter-skelter, and when he went to the top again, he didn't come down again.

"That is the thing that gives me comfort; that one minute earlier he was doing what he wanted - being in the midst of things, and the next minute he didn't regain consciousness.

"He didn't suffer and I am so glad for that," he said.

"He collapsed a couple of times over the last few months and he had been to the hospital.

"He had heart tests and other tests and everything had been clear.

"So he had been referred to a special clinic for more tests."

Mr Bowyer said the family was "struggling" to cope.

Derriaghy Cricket Club said it was "devastated" by Bradley's death".

It observed a minute's silence at a recent match.

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