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HGRA Dedication

On behalf of the residents of Hindley Green

To Christopher Donald Maclure

On Saturday 5th November 2011, a dedication was held by Hindley Green Residents Association, along with the family and friends of Chris Donald Maclure, Police Community Support Officer, Greater Manchester Police who died on the 10th September 2007, aged 21,

Chris was killed in a road traffic accident while on bicycle patrol at the Bethel junction of Atherton Rd and Leigh Rd in Hindley Green.

Chris joined GMP as a PCSO in January 2007 and was stationed at Bamfurlong Police Station, Wigan.

HGRA had a memorial plaque placed on the bench which is situated on the paved area near the Bethel Centre, in rememberance of Chris and his services to the village of Hindley Green.

HGRA Chairman John Vickers gave a short speech explaining how the members of the Hindley Green Residents Association wanted to use this space as a place of reflection and that the service to Hindley Green community by PCSO Chris Maclure be remembered.
HGRA Chairman John Vickers

Maclure Family, members of HGRA and fellow Police officers

Report from Wigan Today
Published on Wednesday 9 November 2011 12:25


Never forgotten

Members of Hindley Green Residents Association gather to install a memorial plaque for PCSO Chris Maclure. Also pictured is Chris' parents Don and Pauline Macclure Nat D

Published on Wednesday 9 November 2011 12:25

A COMMUNITY group has installed a memorial plaque for a police community support officer who was tragically killed in a road accident while on patrol in Wigan.

Hindley Green Residents’ Association has raised funds for the stainless steel plaque in memory of PCSO Christopher Maclure, 21, pictured right, who died in September 2007 as he attempted to turn left from Atherton Road onto a busy Leigh Road while on his bike.

The plaque, funded by donations and various activities held by the group, was installed on a bench outside The Family Church at the Bethel Community Centre.

Members felt PCSO Maclure, from Ashton, deserved a fitting tribute as he served the Hindley Green community.

Ivy Dickens, the association’s acting secretary, said: “He was a very friendly young man and was quite well known. It was so tragic that he died so young, so we felt it would be a nice idea to have a more permanent memento for him, rather than leave flowers. His family are very pleased and it keeps his memory alive, as even four years on, people do remember him.”

PCSO Maclure’s parents, Don and Pauline, along with other members of his family, were at the unveiling of the memorial plaque.

Mr Maclure, who now lives in Billinge, said: “We feel quite honoured that four years on people still remember our son in Hindley Green. We really appreciate the action that has been taken by the association.

“It means a lot to us and it shows that Chris was doing his job and had built up a good relationship with people and was serving them well, and we can take something from that.

“To have a public acknowledgement is something we find quite touching as a family.

“For the group to go through the expense and effort of having the plaque installed is brilliant.

“It is an emotional thing for us as a family but it does mean a lot to us.

“We know Chris will not be forgotten and this is somewhere where we can visit.”

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