SD6614 : Winter Hill Air Disaster Plaque

taken 4 years ago, near to Belmont, Blackburn With Darwen, Great Britain

Winter Hill Air Disaster Plaque
Winter Hill Air Disaster Plaque
On 27 February 1958, a Silver City Bristol 170 Freighter (G-AICS) travelling from the Isle of Man to Manchester crashed into Winter Hill (also known as Rivington Moor) several hundred yards away from the mast. Thirty-five people died and 7 were injured. The tragic event is commemorated by this simple memorial fixed to the side of the transmitting station. It reads:

IN MEMORY OF
ALL WHO LOST THEIR LIVES AT THE
WINTER HILL AIR DISASTER
27th FEBRUARY 1958.
AND WITH GRATEFUL THANKS
TO THE PEOPLE OF HORWICH AND BOLTON
FOR THEIR MAGNIFICENT SUPPORT.
ERECTED BY HIS WORSHIP
THE MAYR OF DOUGLAS ISLE OF MAN.
F.KENNISH (SURVIVOR)
AND THE SURVIVORS, FAMILIES
AND FRIENDS OF ALL WHO DIED.
“SOMEWHERE AROUND THE CORNER ALL IS WELL”
LinkExternal link more information (Wikipedia)

A further plaque, (SD6614 : Winter Hill Air Disaster Memorial), was erected near to the crash site to mark the fiftieth anniversary in 2008.
Winter Hill Transmitting Station

At a height of 309.5 metres, the Winter Hill transmitting mast is one of the tallest structures in the United Kingdom, the tallest being the mast at Belmont with a height of 351.5 metres however, at 778.1 metres (2,553 ft) above sea level, Winter Hill has the highest television transmitting antenna in the United Kingdom.

The original mast came into service on 3 May 1956, and carried the programmes of Granada ITV (weekdays) and ABC TV (weekends). This was replaced by the current tower in 1966. Unlike most masts, which are of a lattice design, the Winter Hill mast is one of six masts in England which are of a tubular construction. An advantage of the tubular design is that engineers can ascend the inside the mast and avoid adverse weather, which is a problem on frame structures.

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Monday, 7 March, 2016   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 13 March, 2016
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