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Alan Henning anniversary: Salford Council to fly flag at half-mast as mark of respect

Salford City Council is to fly its Union flag to half-mast in tribute to Alan Henning, the Eccles taxi driver turned aid worker killed one year ago this week.

The flag, which flies over the council’s Swinton Civic Centre headquarters, will be lowered at 7.30am on Saturday 3 October and raised again on Monday 5 October at 7.30am.

Mr Henning, named SalfordOnline.com’s 2014 Salfordian of the Year, is the first to be honoured in this way since the death of Salford Mayor Councillor Bernard Murphy, 69, in 2007.

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47-year-old Alan, known as Gadget to his friends, was publicly and brutally murdered at the hands of his terrorist captors on 3 October 2014.

He had been abducted nine months earlier by Isis militant extremists while on a volunteer aid mission to Syria.

His killing was the fourth such murder after the deaths of aid worker David Haines, and American journalists Jim Foley and Steven Sotloff.

Read all about the new tributes to Alan in Eccles, and the plans for Saturday’s memorial here.

On Saturday 3 October 2015 local councillors in Eccles, Barton and Winton will also join together to privately lay a wreath at Alan’s memorial stone in the churchyard at St Mary’s Church, Eccles.

Salford City Council, in association with SalfordOnline.com, set up the official Alan Henning Fund in the wake of his death.

Thousands of people and organisations from across the globe donated a total of £45,000 for a trust fund for Alan’s teenage son and daughter Adam and Lucy.

Salford City Mayor Ian Stewart told SalfordOnline.com: “My thoughts will be with Barbara and her family on this sad day, remembering Alan’s selfless dedication to helping people and the love and joy he brought to the world.

“We will never forget his courage and kindness.”

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