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Winter Hill memorial planned

Plan are underway for events to mark the 50th anniversary of the Winter Hill disaster in Bolton.

The Island’s worst ever air disaster happened in February, 1958, when a Silver City Airways aircraft crashed into Winter Hill killing 35 people on board.

The plane was travelling from the Isle of Man to Manchester and a committee has been set up by the Rotary of Horwich to commemorate the tragedy.

Next year, on February 27, a wreath will be placed at the site about 350 yards from the Winter Hill TV mast.

There will also be a church service attended by Mayor of Bolton Barbara Ronson, and Mayor of Horwich Ken Denton.

Plans are also in place for an exhibition of pictures from the disaster and a plaque will be unveiled at the nearby Horwich Heritage Centre.

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