‘We will never be the same again’
ACHURCH minister has expressed her fears that Bosley will never be the same place again following the devastating explosion and fire.
Methodist minister Rev Pam Butler, whose church is within the police cordon close to the mill, said the village was ‘collectively traumatised’.
She added: “What the families of those unaccounted are going through is unimaginable. Then you have those sat at home nursing minor injuries. They are traumatised.
“The reality of the enor- mity of it has hit everyone. We are collectively traumatised. Bosley will never be the same place again.
“People, it’s fair to say, are feeling angry as well as having an overwhelming feeling of sadness. But there has been a mood change from that initial shock and horror. People are starting to come around after the shock and beginning to see what they can do. We have to be there for each other.”
Around 50 employees of Wood Treatment Ltd, many of whom are thought to live locally, could be out of work.
Twenty homes within the proximity of the sites are also believed to have been affected and the council has been working closely with the community to successfully provide accommodation for those families who have been displaced by the disaster.
A service at St Mary the Virgin parish church in Bosley on Sunday was attended by civic leaders and loved ones of those missing. During the service, the Rev John Harries described Bosley as ‘a community in deep distress’.
He added: “Our hearts and thoughts and prayers go out to those still waiting – waiting for news, still sat by the bedsides of their loved ones in hospital, and for those still trying to come to terms with all that has happened.”
Rev Harries said: “This has broken our hearts as a community. We are deeply deeply distressed. It consumes our every waking and sleeping moment. It has been terribly distressing for everyone concerned. However long it takes, we will be there for them.
“Sunday’s service was an act of solidarity and way of saying we are with you. It was a very special moment.”
There will be a minute’s silence at St Mary’s Church on Friday at 9am, to mark exactly a week since the explosion.
Jane Nixon, clerk of Bosley Parish Council, said: “It’s difficult to put into words what everyone is feeling. It’s devastating.”
People leave St Mary’s Church in Bosley, after a service for the four missing workers on Sunday. Left: the church’s vicar, Rev John Harries
●● Methodist minister Rev Pam Butler