Crowds gathered in Oswaldtwistle yesterday (June 20) to take part in a prayer service, in support of missing Jay Slater and his family.

Around 50 people visited West End Methodist Church to pray and leave messages for the 19-year-old, who is missing in Tenerife.

Photographer, P L Photography, said there was a “very sombre atmosphere” in the church.

Pictures show the prayer service taking place and people gathering with drinks outside.

Images also show heart-wrenching messages that have been left for Jay, praying for him to come home safe. Others say they are “thinking of Jay’s family”.

Prayers and messages left for Jay SlaterPrayers and messages left for Jay Slater (Image: P L Photography and Images)

Blue ribbons have also been popping up around the town.

Tracy Wright-Khan, Laura Bailey and Gail Bailey tied blue ribbons around lampposts, fences and beyond in and around Blackburn Road.

Jay, from Oswaldtwistle, was last spoken to on Monday morning (June 17).

According to a location pin sent to his friend Lucy, his last known location was near Rural de Teno Park. He said he was lost in the middle of the mountains with nothing around.

Family and friends have been posting about Jay’s disappearance on social media and his mum, Debbie, has flown over to Tenerife to search for him.

Jay attended a music festival in Tenerife and then decided to stay with some people he met following a night out, not realising how far away they lived.

He then attempted to walk home when he became lost in the mountains.

Footage released by the Guardia Civil on Thursday showed the views from the helicopter as it scoured the hillside.

The video, posted to the force’s X account, showed officers searching in bushes and overgrown terrain with dogs.

Family and friends, who are helping search for Jay in Tenerife, say they are “drained beyond words”.

In a post on the Facebook page “Jay Slater Missing”, the administrator of the group Rachel Hargreaves said the family and friends of Jay were in a “living nightmare”.

She said: “I am struggling to find words at this time but all I can say is we are looking still and everyone is doing all they can.”