THE family of Artigarvan man Jack Glenn will gather tomorrow (Friday) to remember him one year on from his tragic death.
A special memorial service will be held at Camp Jacko, an area underneath Derry’s Foyle Bridge which became the hub for the searches last year, on Friday at 11.10am to mark the time the 23-year-old entered the River Foyle.
Hundreds of people took part in a major search operation of the Foyle and its embankments over eight weeks to help find the promising young sportsman.
Searchers came from Derry, Strabane and beyond to join the daily and nightly searches after the heartbroken family started the GetJackBack Facebook page to spread the word and ask for help.
Jack’s sister Katie explained to the Chronicle that Friday’s service is open to everyone who wants to remember her beloved brother.
“We will gather at 11.10am on Friday,” she said. “The Rev David Latimer will be doing a short service and saying a few words. Then we will go to Da Vincis for some tea. Anyone who wants to come and remember Jack is welcome.”
Katie says it has been a really tough year for her family.
“The year has gone so quickly,” she says. “We were searching for Jack for six weeks so the rest of the year has flown. We are doing OK. We are just keeping busy. We have another few ideas on how to remember Jack that we are thinking over. We might mark the day that he was found, we haven’t really talked about it. But that was a sad day but also a good day. But we will gather together on Friday to remember him.”
The family put out a call on Facebook for anyone who wants to remember Jack to come along to the memorial service.
And if they are not able to attend, to say a prayer for the young man at 11.10am.