Tug of war team lost for words as they pay touch­ing trib­ute

Macclesfield Express - - BOSLEY MILL TRAGEDY -

MEM­BERS of a cham­pion tug of war team with an his­toric con­nec­tion with the Wood Treat­ment fac­tory say they have been left in com­plete shock by the ex­plo­sion.

The Bosley Wood Treat­ment Tug of War team was founded af­ter the Sec­ond World War in 1947 and the com­pany started spon­sor­ing it in 1957. The mem­bers prac­tice on an area of grass at the site.

Team­mates have placed a trib­ute along­side a stone in the vil­lage which comem­o­rates the team’s suc­cess as world cham­pi­ons in 1975 and 76.

Alan Knott, sec­re­tary, said: “It was a com­plete shock. Wood treat­ment is a big part of our history and we’re lost for words.

“They spon­sor our team and our train­ing fa­cil­i­ties are on the premises but none of our team mem­bers were on site at the time.

“The main pri­or­ity is to al­low the emer­gency ser­vices to get on with their job and to make sure those still miss­ing are ac­counted for.

“Our thoughts are with ev­ery­one in Bosley.”

●● Bosley Tug of War team has left a trib­ute to the blast vic­tims at the en­trance to Lakeside

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