Road named in memory of Bombardier Craig Hopson
A Castleford road
has been named in memory of a soldier who lost his life whilst on active
service in Afghanistan.
Avenue was officially named by Cllr Peter Box CBE, at a ceremony attended by
the family of the serviceman and representatives of the military.
Hopson, aged 24, from
Castleford, a former Castleford High Technology
College pupil joined the 40th Regiment Royal Artillery, the Lowland
Gunners, in 2002. He was killed in 2009 when the vehicle he was travelling in
was struck by an explosive device.
Cllr Peter Box
CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: “It is important that we are reminded
of the bravery of our armed forces, who have individually all made a firm
commitment to dedicate themselves to serving their country.
“I am proud that
we are able to honour Bombardier Hopson in a way, which ensures his name is
commemorated and continues to be part of the Castleford community.”
included opening words from Wakefield’s Armed Forces Champion Cllr Sandra
Pickin, a eulogy paying tribute to Bombardier Hopson, and a variety of music,
some of which was performed by pupils at Castleford Academy.