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Murdered girl remembered 100 years on

A memorial service was held at a Greater Manchester cemetery 100 years on from the murder of a 12-year-old girl.

Ivy Lydia Wood was raped and killed by Arthur Beard on July 25, 1919. The crime shocked the close-knit community and thousands of people lined the streets for her funeral procession through the town of Hyde.

A hundred years on, some of Ivy’s descendants joined local residents at her grave in Hyde Cemetery to honour her memory.

The event was organised by Graham Hesketh, who, prior to the service, spent a couple of days tidying up Ivy’s grave. 

The service opened with music from 1919, before Graham read a soliloquy to Ivy, and Rev Eric Breeze of Hyde’s Flowery Field Church, read from the Bible and led the Lord’s Prayer. 

Among those in attendance was Linda Tittle, a second cousin of Ivy, who had travelled from Halifax for the service.

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