Vicar on hand as rel­a­tives visit site

Macclesfield Express - - BOSLEY TRAGEDY: ONE WEEK ON -

THE vicar who ac­com­pa­nied fam­i­lies to visit the dev­as­tated site has said it helped them grieve.

Rev John Har­ries, from St Mary the Vir­gin Church and who serves other nearby churches, spoke af­ter go­ing to the site with the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims of the ex­plo­sion.

He at­tended Bosley Methodist Chapel where fam­i­lies gath­ered to com­fort each other. They brought wreaths and flow­ers and took these to the mill.

Rev Har­ries said: “The emer­gency ser­vices have all been un­be­liev­ably won­der­ful and sup­port­ive, sec­ond to none.

“It was a dis­tress­ing time to go to the site. The fam­i­lies were truly shocked at what they saw and had the op­por­tu­nity to leave flow­ers, which was very im­por­tant and hard to do.

“They were able to see where the bod­ies had been re­cov­ered and ask ques­tions. It’s help­ing them to grieve. There was a big ex­plo­sion but where were their loved ones, did they suf­fer, was there any­thing which could be done? There are so many ques­tions.

“This is a small com­mu­nity but it’s like a fam­ily, who have pulled to­gether and it has made us stronger.”

●● Rev John Har­ries

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