VIDEO: Call for reward for hero binman from Skegness

Mayor of Skegness Dick Edginton is today looking at ways the community can reward a modest binman who rescued a six-year-old boy from a seafront lake.

Six-year-old Tommy Weston met East Lindsey District Council employee Jack Layton yesterday for the first time since he fell into the murky water next to the Fairy Dell paddling pool on Friday.

East Lindsey District Council binman Jack Layton who rescued a boy from a lake in Skegness. ANL-160808-110433001

East Lindsey District Council binman Jack Layton who rescued a boy from a lake in Skegness. ANL-160808-110433001

Now Tommy’s dad, Richard, has joined the community in calling for Mr Layton to receive a special reward from the town.

He said: “Without Mr Layton’s actions Tommy wouldn’t be here today. We are so grateful to him and he should be rewarded.”

The Standard met Mr Layton on Saturday who was busy clearing rubbish from the entire stretch from South Parade to North Parade.

He said: “I’m utterly surprised at the attention. For me it was part and parcel of the job. It’s what we are here for – to help.”

Craig Leyland, leader of East Lindsey District Council, said: “Firstly, we are incredibly pleased to hear that Tommy is safe and well. We are also pleased to hear the community want to recognise the efforts of Jack, which is a really nice gesture and much deserved.”

For the full story see Wednesday’s Skegness Standard.