Video: Crowds gather to remember Carrick schoolboy Jackson Turner

Hundreds of people gathered to pay their respects today during a service of thanksgiving for the life of Carrickfergus schoolboy, Jackson Turner.

A pupil at Sunnylands Primary School, Jackson passed away in hospital following a collision involving three cars on the Old Carrick Road on Boxing Day.

Jackson Turner.  INCT 01-727-CON

Jackson Turner. INCT 01-727-CON

His grandmother, Margaret Saunders, and four-year-old sister Ally were also travelling in the car.

Ally was left with bruising following the crash, but was released from hospital last Sunday.

However, Mrs Saunders remains in a critical condition.

Speaking at the service, held at Irvine’s Funeral Home, were Jackson’s mum, Lynsey Turner, his father, Alan Saunders, and grandfather Alan Sr.

In an emotional address, Lynsey paid tribute to her “perfect wee man”, recalling the day her son was born seven and a half years ago.

Arriving 10 days overdue, Jackson was a child who was “never in a hurry”. He grew to have a great sense of humour, and wanted to be “friends with everybody”, said his mum.

The primary four pupil was very protective of his sister Ally, and could often be seen holding her hand as the two walked into school.

Jackson’s father, Alan spoke of his “best friend”, a little boy who loved the computer game Minecraft, lego, and dinosaurs.

“From him, I learned the meaning of unconditional love,” Alan said.

The service was led by Rev Stephen McCrea of Carrickfergus Free Presbyterian Church, who spoke of Jackson’s love for the stories of Noah and Moses in the Bible.

Prayers were also said for Mrs Saunders’ safe recovery in hospital.

Following the service, the funeral procession made its way to Roselawn Cemetery for committal.

Jackson’s family have asked for donations in lieu of flowers to be made to the Children’s ICU at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.