THERE can hardly be a person in Macclesfield who has not been moved or affected this week by the terrible events in Bosley.
The shocking images broadcast on screens and printed in newspapers across the world look more reminiscent of a country devastated by earthquake rather than a quiet corner of the Cheshire countryside.
They would have been inconceivable to those waking up and getting ready for work at Bosley Wood Flour Mill on a sunny morning last Friday.
It is difficult to imagine the suffering of families waiting to hear news of missing loved ones.
From the missing and injured to those whose jobs and homes have been affected by the blast, the victims of this tragedy are many.
But amid the heartache and suffering, the compassion and community spirit of the people of the borough has once again shone through.
We are heartened to hear of fundraising projects and job offers being made to workers at the mill, as well the heroic efforts of the emergency services working around the clock in extremely difficult circumstances.
The time will also come for answers as to how such a terrible tragedy could occur on our doorstep, but at the moment most people will be anxiously awaiting the outcome of the recovery operation.
Many questions will be asked over the coming weeks, months and years but in the meantime we can at least take heart from the resilience, spirit and sense of togetherness shown by our community in this, one of its darkest hours.
We are not alone when we say Bosley is at the heart of our thoughts.