‘We will never be the same again’

Macclesfield Express - - BOSLEY MILL TRAGEDY - STU­ART GREER

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

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●● Methodist min­is­ter Rev Pam But­ler

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