Be­headed hostage given a me­mo­rial

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A PER­MA­NENT me­mo­rial to mur­dered hostage Alan Hen­ning was opened in his home town in Greater Manchester yes­ter­day.

The 47-year-old Sal­ford taxi driver, a fa­ther-of-two, was be­headed by Is­lamic State af­ter go­ing to Syria as part of an aid con­voy to help or­phaned chil­dren.

A cir­cu­lar me­mo­rial gar­den at Ec­cles Re­cre­ation ground was opened in a spe­cial cer­e­mony.

The Alan Hen­ning Me­mo­rial Gar­den de­sign is based upon a clock face – the 360 de­gree gar­den has been cre­ated to give the fam­ily and the com­mu­nity a place of quiet re­flec­tion and is sym­bolic of time.

It fea­tures a cir­cu­lar flower bed, with yel­low flow­ers and plants, wooden sleep­ers painted yel­low and two gran­ite boul­ders bear­ing me­mo­rial plaques.

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