‘Dark­est day’ for MP as blast rocks vil­lage

Macclesfield Express - - BOSLEY MILL TRAGEDY -

MAC­CLES­FIELD MP David Rut­ley has de­scribed the Bosley dis­as­ter as his ‘dark­est day’ since be­com­ing an MP.

Mr Rut­ley, who spent time at the scene in the three days fol­low­ing the tragedy, de­scribed the af­ter­math of the ex­plo­sions and fire as ‘like a war zone’.

He added: “This is with­out doubt the worst event to hap­pen since I be­came the MP for Mac­cles­field. The dark­est day.

“I thought the build­ing would be a car­cass with smoke bil­low­ing out, but the build­ing has been com­pletely de­stroyed.

“It’s shock­ing, I have never seen any­thing like it be­fore. It’s com­pletely unrecognisable.

“Huge chunks of me­tal have been thrown me­tres away. It’s not just a fire, it’s a re­ally pro­found ex­plo­sion. Houses a mile away could feel the shake. It is a scene of dev­as­ta­tion. It’s like a war zone.”

Mr Rut­ley has spo­ken to sur­vivors and at­tended the church ser­vice at St Mary’s on Sun­day with his fam­ily.

He added: “This re­ally hurts. This is the most cat­a­strophic day in the vil­lage’s history.

“This is a close knit com­mu­nity and lots of peo­ple have fam­ily work­ing at the mill. It’s a big shock and now we need to pull to­gether as a com­mu­nity.”

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