Film­mak­ers cap­ture story of air dis­as­ter

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STU­ART GREER AND ALEX SCAPENS

AVI­A­TION fans have pro­duced a tear-jerk­ing doc­u­men­tary about the Stock­port Air Dis­as­ter to com­mem­o­rate the 50th an­niver­sary of the tragedy.

Six Miles from Home, by Mac­cles­field pro­duc­ers Roger Bo­den and Ian Bar­rie, doc­u­ments events on June 4, 1967.

It tells the story from the per­spec­tive of the few sur- vivors still alive and those who helped with the res­cue ef­fort on the ground and has been made with help from Steve Mor­rin, an avi­a­tion en­thu­si­ast who has spent years re­search­ing the crash, which killed 72 peo­ple.

The mak­ers are now ne­go­ti­at­ing with TV and pro­duc­tion com­pa­nies over screening the pro­gramme - but plan to screen it at the Stock­port Plaza on June 10.

Roger, 66, of Gawsworth Road, raced to the scene of the tragedy when he was a boy liv­ing with his fam­ily in Den­ton.

He said: “My dad and I were real avi­a­tion fans and had a great view of the flight path to the air­port. On that tragic day I knew the plane was fly­ing to low and was go­ing to crash. I cy­cled to Stock­port and saw the chaos. What haunted me the most was how it was be­ing treated as a source of amuse­ment, a day out, by some peo­ple. There were ice­cream vans. It was hor­rific.”

Roger has al­ways wanted to tell the story of the crash, where all but 12 of the 84 pas­sen­gers and crew on the flight, a Bri­tish Mid­lands plane from Mal­lorca to Manchester Air­port, sur­vived.

Roger said: “So lit­tle is known about it con­sid­er­ing 72 peo­ple died.

“Ian, Steve and I wanted to cre­ate some­thing of a memo­rial to those who lost their lives.

“It is a story that needed to be told.

“Those peo­ple af­fected had lit­tle or no sup­port af­ter the tragedy and just had to get on with their lives. It’s as much a story about that than any­thing.

“Ev­ery time I watch it brings me to tears.”

The doc­u­men­tary, which uses pre­vi­ously un­seen footage and pictures of the crash’s af­ter­math, is an hour long. It fea­tures vol­un­teers and po­lice of­fi­cers in­volved in the res­cue ef­fort.

Other Max­o­ni­ans have been in­volved in the project.

The sound­track fea­tures mu­si­cians Peter Lee, Ai­dan Tow­nend, Char­lotte Day and Gareth Price.

Steve, who wrote a book about the tragedy, added: “We thought if one was go­ing to be done it needed to be done for the 50th an­niver­sary, oth­er­wise it would never hap­pen.”

Roger Bo­den, di­rec­tor, Steve Mor­rin, con­sul­tant and re­searcher, and pro­ducer Ian Bar­rie cel­e­brate the com­ple­tion of the film, be­low, the tail of the plane at the site of the crash

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