Monday, October 20, 2014

Taxi drivers convoy through Eccles in memory of murdered cabbie Alan Henning.

People lined the streets and applauded as the convoy wound its way from the AJ Bell stadium into Eccles town centre yesterday afternoon.

The streets of Eccles were brought to a halt as more than 200 taxi drivers formed a convoy in memory of murdered cabbie Alan Henning.

Taxis were decorated in yellow ribbons and balloons as the town paid tribute to ‘Gadget’ as Mr Henning was known to friends.

Terror group Islamic State released a video showing his murder earlier this month.

Mr Henning’s nephew, Stuart Henning, 33, also a taxi driver from Irlam, who organised the tribute, said: “It’s our way of saying thank you and goodbye. It’s something we do in the taxi game when someone sadly passes away. We organise a convoy to show our appreciation.

At the same time as the convoy a celebrity football match was taking place to raise money for the Henning family.

Celebrities Ralf Little, Chris Bisson and Andy Whyment were among the players who turned out for an all-star team at AFC Monton’s ground in Winton, Salford.

Organisers praised a ‘fantastic’ crowd with all proceeds from the charity match going to a fund set up for Mr Henning’s family.

On Sunday, Mr Henning’s widow Barbara, and their two children, were in Perth, Scotland, for a thanksgiving service for another murdered hostage, David Haines.

The two families released a joint statement calling on people to come together to defeat terrorism.

    Source: Manchester evening news

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