Funeral of tragic Radcliffe firefighter
THE funeral of firefighter Stephen Hunt will take place at Bury Parish Church on Tuesday September 3.
Mr Hunt, of New Road, Radcliffe, died after suffering serious injuries when tackling a massive fire at Paul's Hair World in Oldham Street, Manchester on July 13.
Hundreds of firefighters are expected to travel to Bury and pay their respects to their fallen colleague, where Mr Hunt will be given a ceremonial Fire Service funeral with full honours.
The service is restricted to invited guests, but the public are being invited to line the streets and will be able to hear the service through loudspeakers outside the church.
A number of road closures will be in force from 9.30am until about 12.30pm, with the service starting at 11am and expected to run until 11.45am.
The cortege will travel down Bolton Street and make its way into the town centre at approximately 10.50am, with a number of Mr Hunt's colleagues forming a guard of honour on the route.
People wanting to pay their respects are welcome to gather outside the church to listen to the service, but are asked to not attend or line the route of a private committal which will follow.
Mourners are also invited to pay their respects by contributing to a book of condolence, which will be open on the day of the funeral at the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service Community Vehicle, which will be based on The Rock.
Commemorative wristbands designed by colleagues of Mr Hunt who came up with the idea to remember their friend will be available to the public in the coming weeks.
A permanent memorial to the 38-year-old is currently being planned, with fire chiefs considering to place a plaque near the scene of the incident.
The family of the former soldier, was based at Philips Park Fire Station in Manchester, paid tribute to the father of two.
In a statement released through Greater Manchester Police they said: "Stephen was an old-fashioned gentleman with manners that are rare in this day and age.
"With core values which included loving his family, being the best father that he could be, loving and affectionate to those that were close to him.”
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