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Macclesfield Express - - BOSLEY MILL TRAGEDY -

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.

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