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Winter Hill air crash remembered

Pauline Howland lights a candle in memory of her father, Leslie Kneale of Port St Mary, who was killed in the Winter Hill air crash

Pauline Howland lights a candle in memory of her father, Leslie Kneale of Port St Mary, who was killed in the Winter Hill air crash

Pauline Howland lights a candle in memory of her father Leslie Kneale, of Port St Mary, one of 35 Manx residents who died in the Winter Hill air crash.

Yesterday (Thursday) was the 56th anniversary of the crash, which happened when the plane crashed on the slopes of Winter Hill, near Horwich, in Lancashire, killing all but seven people on board.

A service of remembrance was held at St John’s Church to remember those who lost their lives and give thanks to the residents of Horwich who helped in the rescue of survivors and provide comfort and support.

The service was taken by Reverend Ian Faulds.

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VIDEO: Crash survivor Fred Kennish, a former Douglas mayor who died in 2011 aged 86, spoke to iomtoday on the 50th anniversary of the crash and recalled the events which led to the tragedy: Memories of Winter Hill crash survivor Fred Kennish

Find out more about the Winter Hill disaster by clicking hte links below to stories from the iomtoday archive:

Winter Hill air crash 50th anniversary

How the media covered the Winter Hill disaster

How Winter Hill crash changed global air travel forever

27 widows, 33 children, 35 families

Crash site was a scene from hell

Fred Kennish: The survivor who was left for dead in the snow

Grief freezes time for those left behind

The grim task of contacting the bereaved

Victim’s son describes how tragedy touched his life

 

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