Commemorations took place last weekend to mark the 1-year anniversary of the murder of Alan Henning. Family, friends and acquaintances of the taxi driver turned aid worker covered Eccles town centre with yellow ribbons an array of flowers as he was remembered for his valiant work.
The Union flag was also flying at half-mast courtesy of Salford City Council as tributes were paid to Mr. Henning. The Eccles man is the first to be honoured in this way since the death of Salford Mayor Councillor Bernard Murphy in 2007.
The distinctive yellow ribbons first appeared in September 2014 following the shocking news of his abduction at the hands of ISIS. The terror group beheaded Alan Henning after he attempted to deliver supplies to Syria and at the time he was the fourth Western hostage to be murdered by the terrorist organisation. Mr. Henning’s family attended a private memorial held at St Mary’s Church in Eccles whilst prayers were orchestrated for the masses throughout last weekend in Eccles Parish Church.
Eccles MP Barbara Keeley has renewed calls for Prime Minister David Cameron to officially recognise Alan Henning’s charity work. Ms. Keeley has insisted that Alan Henning deserves to be granted a posthumous award for his aid work. She stated, “I think there should be some way to mark the noble sacrifice that Alan made. His mission to help children in Syria was a remarkable one and, of course, he lost his life”.
Ms. Keeley remarked that she had spoken to David Cameron although no agreement was finalised, she hopes that there could soon be developments regarding the matter. The University of Salford has honoured Mr. Henning with a posthumous doctorate for his work as an international aid worker. Speaking in July University of Salford Vice Chancellor, professor Helen Chancellor, said “The values that Alan stood for and embodied in his efforts to help the world’s most vulnerable people, are the values of Salford and of our University”.