Vil­lage marks sec­ond an­niver­sary of tragedy

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH - KAREN BRITTON

THE BOSLEY com­mu­nity is com­mem­o­rat­ing the sec­ond an­niver­sary of the dev­as­tat­ing mill ex­plo­sion which killed four peo­ple.

It’s two years since the ex­plo­sion at the Wood Treat­ment mill which re­duced the site to rub­ble and killed mill work­ers Derek Moore, 62, Dorothy Bai­ley, 62, Wil­liam Barks, 51, and Ja­son Shin­gler, 38.

It left the close-knit the com­mu­nity to pick up the pieces and there was a mas­sive fundrais­ing cam­paign to help fam­i­lies.

The two year an­niver­sary is on Mon­day (July 17). There is a me­mo­rial ser­vice at St Mary the Vir­gin Church at 9.30am on Sun­day and then on Mon­day, Bosley Chapel which is next door to the mill site, will be open for the morn­ing for peo­ple to re­flect on what hap­pened and visit the me­mo­rial area in the grave­yard.

Rev John Har­ries, who is lead­ing the ser­vice, said: “We will ac­knowl­edge that it’s the sec­ond an­niver­sary and give thanks for all those who helped us. We will re­mem­ber all those who are still strug­gling as they have no clo­sure. It will be a peace­ful ser­vice and we want peo­ple to come with­out feel­ing that the world is watch­ing. There will be time for re­flec­tion and we will light a can­dle.

“The chapel will be open on Mon­day for peo­ple to go qui­etly to re­flect.

“Some say it takes two years to come to terms with loss and it may be the first time some peo­ple have felt they can visit. It may bring back lots of mem­o­ries.

“Peo­ple are try­ing to get on with their lives, the hurt is still there and will be while there are still so many ques­tions unan­swered. It’s tes­ta­ment to the com­mu­nity that peo­ple are wait­ing pa­tiently, not ham­per­ing the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

The re­mains of the mill are still fenced off while an in­ves­ti­ga­tion led by po­lice with the HSE is on­go­ing.

MP David Rut­ley said: “The sec­ond an­niver­sary will be a chance for the fam­i­lies, the vil­lage and other res­i­dents to re­mem­ber those who died or were in­jured and to re­flect on how the com­mu­nity re­sponded so pos­i­tively. I will be meet­ing with the Health and Safety Ex­ec­u­tive in the near fu­ture for a fur­ther re­view on progress with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion HSE and Cheshire Po­lice are car­ry­ing out. This in­ves­ti­ga­tion is vi­tal in learn­ing lessons from the in­ci­dent and pro­vid­ing an­swers to ques­tions about the causes of the ex­plo­sion.”

De­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor Chris Ankers, from Cheshire Po­lice, said they con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate the cir­cum­stances of the disaster. He said: “Much progress has been made over the past 12 months, but there is still much more to do as the painstak­ing process of re­view­ing thou­sands of pieces of ev­i­dence con­tin­ues.

“This is an ex­traor­di­nar­ily com­plex in­ves­ti­ga­tion, like no other Cheshire Con­stab­u­lary has ever un­der­taken, but we con­tinue to work dili­gently to en­sure the fam­i­lies of those af­fected re­ceive the an­swers they de­serve.”

The im­me­di­ate af­ter­math of the ex­plo­sion at Wood Treat­ment Lim­ited on July 17, 2015

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