Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

If I Had Lost Her I Don't Think I'd Ever Have Recovered

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

If I Had Lost Her I Don't Think I'd Ever Have Recovered

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Byline: By Joanne Parkinson

The mum of Dreamspace disaster victim Rosie Wright has spoken of the tragedy for the first time.

Penny Wright relived the horror of the moment she and her children Rosie, three, and Jack, four, were caught up in the giant inflatable structure as it broke free from moorings and rose 50ft in the air.

The July disaster at Riverside Park, Chester-le-Street, resulted in the death of mum-of two Claire Furmedge, 38, and grandmother Elizabeth Collings, 68, while little Rosie's life hung in the balance after suffering horrendous internal injuries.

Distraught mum Penny, 38, kept a bedside vigil as her daughter lay in a hospital bed surrounded by tubes and hooked up to a life-support machine.

The family day out in the sunshine with her children had ended with Rosie falling 50ft from the air and a huge industrial fan landing on top of her little body. Penny described the moments inside Dreamspace when she realised things had gone drastically wrong shortly after her family entered the colourful structure.

She said: "Jack and Rosie went in ahead because children got in free. It was fantastic inside, very colourful and like a maze with these giant inflatable pillars. I remember the kids laughing and giggling."

But Penny noticed a ripple underfoot, which at first she thought was part of the attraction until the left-hand side of the giant structure began to rise.

The part-time betting shop assistant said: "Suddenly I felt it lift right up and carry on rising. I started shouting for the children. I ran towards the direction I last saw them and then the whole thing took off."

Penny, of Langley Park, described how she was thrown about like a pinball and amid the screams and terror, bodies flew past her hurtling to the ground below.

She was pulled to safety and managed to find Jack, who miraculously had only minor scrapes and had lost his glasses - but then someone told her a little girl was lying on the ground 50 yards away. …

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