A COMMUNITY group has installed a memorial plaque for a police community support officer who was tragically killed in a road accident while on patrol in Wigan.
Hindley Green Residents’ Association has raised funds for the stainless steel plaque in memory of PCSO Christopher Maclure, 21, pictured right, who died in September 2007 as he attempted to turn left from Atherton Road onto a busy Leigh Road while on his bike.
The plaque, funded by donations and various activities held by the group, was installed on a bench outside The Family Church at the Bethel Community Centre.
Members felt PCSO Maclure, from Ashton, deserved a fitting tribute as he served the Hindley Green community.
Ivy Dickens, the association’s acting secretary, said: “He was a very friendly young man and was quite well known. It was so tragic that he died so young, so we felt it would be a nice idea to have a more permanent memento for him, rather than leave flowers. His family are very pleased and it keeps his memory alive, as even four years on, people do remember him.”
PCSO Maclure’s parents, Don and Pauline, along with other members of his family, were at the unveiling of the memorial plaque.
Mr Maclure, who now lives in Billinge, said: “We feel quite honoured that four years on people still remember our son in Hindley Green. We really appreciate the action that has been taken by the association.
“It means a lot to us and it shows that Chris was doing his job and had built up a good relationship with people and was serving them well, and we can take something from that.
“To have a public acknowledgement is something we find quite touching as a family.
“For the group to go through the expense and effort of having the plaque installed is brilliant.
“It is an emotional thing for us as a family but it does mean a lot to us.
“We know Chris will not be forgotten and this is somewhere where we can visit.”