Painful memories for mum of another quarry drowning victim

The family of Miracle Godson meet Ann Croston and her family, Ann's son Craig died in the same quarry in 1999. From left, Godson and Elizabeth Anumba, Ann Croston with her daughter Diane Croston, grandaughter Kaydie, four, and daughter Lindsey
The family of Miracle Godson meet Ann Croston and her family, Ann's son Craig died in the same quarry in 1999. From left, Godson and Elizabeth Anumba, Ann Croston with her daughter Diane Croston, grandaughter Kaydie, four, and daughter Lindsey

THE tragic drowning of Miracle Godson has brought back painful memories for a Wigan mum whose son died in the same quarry 16 years ago.

Ann Croston, of Platt Bridge, whose son, Craig, died in East Quarry, Appley Bridge, in 1999, has vowed to do her best to prevent another tragedy and is calling for extra security, such as a low voltage electricity fence, barbed wire or brick walls.

Craig Croston

Craig Croston

Whilst owner Mainsprint Ltd has done all it can to deter people, by closing it to the public, with a high fence and danger signs, youngsters are still gaining entry to the dangerous site,

The 55-year-old said: “I am devastated for the family. It brings back terrible memories for me. It needs to stop.

“I am trying to raise funds for something to stop the quarry being so easily accessible.

“Kids will be kids and they don’t listen.

We need either a wire lid over the top of the fence so no-one can get over, spikes around the top or a big concrete wall around it. Or we need to make the fence much stronger

Ann Croston - Craig’s mother

“We need either a wire lid over the top of the fence so no-one can get over, spikes around the top or a big concrete wall around it. Or we need to make the fence much stronger.

“Or another option is for the site to be manned, with security officers 24-hours-a-day, so no-one can enter the quarry. But who will pay for that?

“If I can gather enough supporters and get enough funds together we can have a big meeting to discuss the best way forward.

“The sooner we get something done the better - preferably by the summer so no more teenagers swim there.”

Ann’s friend, Saf Rayani, has organised an eighties night for the cause =at Jones Bar, formerly Hindley Conservative Club, in Market Street, on May 23, from 7pm.

Tickets are £5 and can be obtained via the Facebook group Raise Money For Electric Fence!

Another Wigan resident, Natalie Prescott, 26, of Standish Lower Ground, started a petition to fill the quarry in last year after she injured herself while tombstoning there three years ago.

Since Miracle died on April 10, her campaign has grown, with more than 4,500 signatures.

However, an outline planning application by Mainsprint Ltd to build houses around the quarry bank, a hotel, a restaurant and floating homes on the water, was approved in October 2013.

The plan revolved around the water being there.

A spokesman for Mainsprint Ltd said: “We would like to express our sincere condolences to Miracle’s family and friends following this tragic accident. There are significant dangers associated with swimming in open water. We strongly urge people to take heed of all advice and warnings.

“To prevent access to this site we have erected a fence around the site which is regularly inspected and maintained and a significant amount of signage is displayed.

“We understand there is a petition to fill the quarry and we will participate fully in all discussions with the local authority and local residents as we appreciate there are lots of factors to consider.”