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A road in Salford is to be renamed Alan Henning Way in honour of former international aid worker .
Alan Henning, who travelled the world to help those in need, was delivering vital aid to Syria when he was tragically killed by Islamic State militants in 2014.
Henning, who lived in Eccles, has since been hailed as a hero and referred by the people of Salford as encompassing ‘Spirit of Salford’.
The road, known as the Salford Western Gateway. A one-mile dual carriageway which connects the A57 Liverpool Road in Salford and Trafford Way to the east will be named Alan Henning way once the road is in public ownership.
The Salford Western Gateway, the one-mile dual carriageway which connects the A57 Liverpool Road in Salford and Trafford Way to the east of the M60 in Trafford will be named Alan Henning Way.
In 2016, after discussions with Alan’s family, Salford City Council created a memorial park to Alan at Eccles Recreation Ground, where people gathered to light candles and hold a silent vigil after news of his murder was revealed.
The renaming of the road comes after a petition, that has since been signed by over 2,000 asking the council to create a “fitting tribute” for the former aid worker.
On the news of the announcement Mayor of Salford Paul Dennett lead a tribute to Henning, saying
“The new road was chosen for several reasons. It is a vital, international distribution link and an essential part of the Port Salford scheme. As the port continues to grow, Alan Henning Way will become an even more important gateway to Salford.
“There is so much of Alan in that – a man who was a vital part of humanitarian aid missions and a man willing to give up his home comforts to travel internationally to distribute goods to families and children in desperate need.
“It will be an honour to see his name on the signs so that his bravery and kindness are never forgotten.”
Alan Henning, who in his last few weeks lost any sense of freedom, can now be remembered in a permanent way by the people of Salford.