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Ellen Strange Memorial Walk

On Sunday 10th July we took part in the 7th annual Ellen Strange Walk in partnership with Unite the Union and Bolton Trades union council.

The sun shone as we all met at Emmanuel Church in Holcombe.

Each walker was given a commemorative Ellen Strange badge along with water and treats to help them on the walk, 35 walkers set of and enjoyed the 45 minute walk up to the cairn. This is thought to be the only man-made monument remembering a victim of Domestic Abuse in the world and was is in memory of Ellen Strange who was murdered in 1761 at the hands of her husband, John Simpson.

Once at the Cairn Cllr Martin McMullkin gave an introduction and welcome.

Speakers included Sara Trayers National recruitment office for the Towns Women’s Guild , Gemma Aitchinson founder of  Yes Matters and Jill Caldwell our CEO.

Following the speeches the names and photos of 91 murdered women were read out and a stone in their memory was placed on the Cairn followed by a two minutes silence.

The reader from Emmanuel Church then gave a blessing. On our return to the Church a buffet was provided by Unite the union. We were delighted this year to be supported in the Church by the wonderful Rossendale Ukulele club who played a wonderful playlist and really lightened the mood.

We’d like to thank all those who took part and supported in anyway.

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