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   International Workers Memorial Day    28 April, 2016

EVENTS were held in Keighley on April 28 to mark the international Workers' Memorial Day.

A gathering took place at Cliffe Castle Park, where a commemorative cherry tree was planted near the main museum entrance by Keighley Trades Council, at 11am. Councillors, unionists and pupils from the town's Holy Family School were among those who gathered in Cliffe Castle Park.

At around 11.55am the event also took place in the Town Hall Square, where there is a garden dedicated to the Keighley man Stephen Allen and others killed in the workplace.

Town chaplain, the Rev Dr Jonathan Pritchard, said "International Workers' Memorial Day is about people who are killed at work. This is an important issue. Any of us could be affected – and many already are. The event in Town Hall Sqaure had the Town Mayor, Councillor Javaid Akhtar and others in attendance for one minutes silence that was held at noon, followed by a service of thanksgiving and dedication, led by Reverand Jonathan Pritchard.

Among those present was Keighley woman Judith Allen, whose son Steven – a construction worker – died while working on a Bradford building site. The former Holy Family pupil was 23.

"It will be the tenth anniversary of his death next year but things don't get any easier," she said. I never knew about the international memorial day until after we'd lost Steven but I believe it is important we think about this and continue to raise awareness of the issues’. 

The workers memorial garden in Town Hall Square was opened by Keighley Town Council in 2011.

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