Street named after war hero who made ultimate sacrifice for country

HERO: Craig Hopson was killed in Afghanistan.
HERO: Craig Hopson was killed in Afghanistan.
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A lasting tribute has been made in memory of a soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice whilst serving in Afghanistan.

Craig Hopson’s family said “treasured memories” were created when a Castleford road was named in his honour last week.

Wakefield Council leader Coun Peter Box officially declared the street Craig Hopson Avenue at a ceremony attended by the soldier’s family and military representatives.

His mum Lynn Hodson said: “Our family are so proud that Craig has had a street named after him in his hometown and to know that his name will be remembered in the community for many years to come.

“The road naming ceremony was very special to us and a perfect tribute to Craig’s memory.”

Bombardier Hopson, a former Castleford High Technology College pupil, joined the 40th Regiment Royal Artillery the Lowland Gunners in 2002.

“He was killed in 2009, aged 24, when the vehicle he was travelling in was struck by an explosive device.

Coun Box 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 Coun Sandra Pickin.

There was also music, with some performed by pupils at Castleford Academy.

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