The funerals of Bosley disaster victims Dorothy Bailey and William Barks have been set – as the community marks the 100-day anniversary of the devastating explosions and fire.

Dorothy, 62, from Bosley, and William, 51, from Leek, were among four people killed in the tragedy at Wood Treatment Ltd on July 17.

Family and friends are now preparing to say goodbye with Dorothy’s funeral set for Bosley St Mary’s Church on Friday, November 6 at 2.30pm and William’s due to take place near his home on November 12.

On Sunday Dorothy’s three sons Matthew, Christopher and Edward joined former mill workers at a special service of reflection that took place at Bosley Methodist Chapel to mark 100-day anniversary since the disaster which also killed Derek Moore, 62, from Stoke-on-Trent and Jason Shingler, 38, from North Rode.

Councillor Lesley Smetham, whose ward covers Bosley, said the service was emotional but calm.

She added: “It has been and continues to be a very sad and very difficult time for everyone affected by what happened, so coming together to mark the 100-day anniversary seemed the right thing to do.

“It was an emotional service – moving, but also calm and thoughtful, capturing the ethos of the whole community of Bosley and how it has conducted itself since the tragedy.”

Also at the service was Macclesfield MP David Rutley, who said: “It was an honour to attend the service and to remember those who have been affected by the tragic explosion in Bosley.

“There has been a very positive response from the community over the last 100 days, and we will need to continue to provide support in the months ahead.”

Only metres away from the church the painstaking and meticulous work of firefighters continued as they search the wreckage for Jason, whose remains have still not been found.

The other important process being carried out by specialist police and fire teams is a search for vital clues to the cause of the disaster.

But families of victims and those injured have been warned the joint investigation between Cheshire Police and the Health and Safety Executive could take years to complete.

The Help Bosley fundraising appeal, set up by parish councillor Sylvia Jenkinson in the immediate aftermath, continues to assist the bereaved, injured and those left homeless by the disaster.

Local fundraising events and donations from all over the UK raised £200,000 with half of it being used to support those left jobless, homeless or in need to counselling.

A spokesman for the charity said: “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity which has been a massive help to those in this extraordinarily difficult time.”

Cheshire East Council has played a significant role in providing practical support to the Bosley community. It set up a drop-in at Bosley Primary School where those affected could access help and advice, including those who had lost their jobs and homes through the disaster, among other support.

Staff at the council event dug into their own pockets and collected £3,000 towards the appeal.

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