Road named in memory of Bombardier Craig Hopson

​Date: 23/09/2016

Ref: PR8353

A Castleford road has been named in memory of a soldier who lost his life whilst on active service in Afghanistan.

Craig Hopson Avenue was officially named by Cllr Peter Box CBE, at a ceremony attended by the family of the serviceman and representatives of the military.

Bombardier 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.”

The ceremony 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.