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Pompey fans and players join family and friends to pay tribute to Jack Robinson

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POMPEY players joined family and friends of Jack Robinson at Fratton Park to release balloons in his memory.

Hundreds of people gathered at the Victory Bar yesterday to remember Jack, each releasing a balloon into the sky to the sounds of Gary Barlow’s Let Me Go, the song the family are trying to get to number 1 in his memory.

Four-year-old Jack died at his home in Denmead last Tuesday after suffering an inoperable brain tumour.

On Saturday, there was a minute’s applause before Pompey’s 1-0 victory over Hartlepool, and Jack’s twin brother Liam released a balloon.

His mum Marie, 41, said: ‘The last few weeks I have spent the majority of my time with Jack. It was nice to be able to put names to faces and to be able to thank people for their support. It’s been phenomenal.

‘It was emotional. Jack would have loved this. He was very much a showman.’

Marie said she was touched by the tribute from Pompey fans.

‘It was just beyond my wildest dreams. Everyone was on their feet.

‘It was unbelievable thinking that was all for Jack. It means a lot.’

Among the well-wishers were Pompey players Simon Ferry, Ricky Holmes and Jed Wallace.

Jed said: ‘This has affected a lot of people in the city. Now, with the club owned by the fans, this is something that has a community feel.

‘Me and a couple of the boys wanted to come down.

‘We’re people of the city now. It’s touched us as a club as it has other people.’

Jed said Saturday’s applause before the game was inspirational. It was nice. That was why we started the game so well. It was an emotional start to the game. I’m glad we’ve come down.’

Last night, Let Me Go was up 65 places at number 48 in the charts.

 

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