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Winter Hill disaster remembered in IoM and Lancashire

Wreckage of the plane on Winter Hill
Image caption Just seven people survived the accident on 27 February 1958

A memorial service to commemorate the victims of the Winter Hill air disaster 56 years ago has been held in the Isle of Man.

Just seven of the 42 on board survived when their plane crashed into Winter Hill in Lancashire in thick fog on 27 February 1958.

Howard Callow, whose father was killed, said: "This date will always have a resonance with those affected."

The tragedy came just three weeks after the Munich air disaster.

'Forever important'

Most of those on board were mechanics, engineers and motor traders from the Isle of Man who were on their way to visit the Exide battery factory in Greater Manchester.

According to Mr Callow, there is only one remaining survivor, Norman Ennett, who is currently living in Spain.

Mr Callow said: "I was only four and I lost my father. This date will forever be important to so many in the Isle of Man.

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Media captionJust seven of the 42 on board survived when their plane crashed into Winter Hill

"I will never forget what happened that day. Tears will definitely be shed".

Around 50 people, including relatives of people who died in the tragedy, attended the short service, organised by Douglas Rotary Club, in St John's church.

In Lancashire, members of the Horwich and Douglas Rotary clubs laid wreaths on the top of Winter Hill.

Horwich Rotary Club members were among the first on the scene in 1958 and were heavily involved in rescue attempts.

Emergency crews dug through 6ft (2m) snowdrifts to reach the injured.

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