BOLTON aid worker Alan Henning, who was tragically killed by so-called Islamic State, is to have a road named after him in his home city.

City Mayor Paul Dennett made the announcement after receiving a 2000 signature petition from local residents calling for further acknowledgement of the taxi driver.

It is five years since Alan was captured and tragically killed in Syria where he had gone as a volunteer on an aid convoy which set off from Bolton to help orphans.

City Mayor Paul Dennett said: “After Alan’s heart-breaking death we worked with his family on a lasting tribute to him and they chose a memorial garden at Eccles recreation ground where many people gathered to light candles for Alan after news of his death broke.

“Now the public are asking for a road to be named after Alan and, with the support of his family and the full backing of the council, we are more than happy to do that. Alan was a humble man who put aside his own fears to help people of all faiths in their time of desperate need.

“Naming a road after him will be a further tribute to this brave son of Salford who sadly lost his life doing acts of kindness for others. His story touched all our hearts.”

A road in Eccles to name in tribute to the aid worker will be chosen.