World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims to be held in Norwich on Sunday

Roadpeace
Roadpeace

A service to remember road traffic victims is taking place at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Norwich on Sunday.

The service will mark the 20th World Day of Remembrance for road traffic victims, which was initiated by charity Roadpeace in 1993.

In the past 20 years there have been 61,729 men, women, young people and children killed on UK roads. This figure does not include those who died from their injuries after 30 days.

This means someone is killed, on average, every 30 seconds on our roads and road incidents are the leading cause of death of those aged under 40.

The World Day of Remembrance provides an opportunity for bereaved parents, families and friends of victims to join together in solidarity and empathy, and to comfort each other.

It is also a chance to raise awareness that the number of men, women, young people and children killed on the roads represents by far the largest of all human-made disasters.

As part of the Act of Remembrance, there will be display boards for photographs of victims. There will also be an opportunity to write the name/s of loved ones on an Oak Leaf card, which are carried up to the altar.

Local road safety campaigner Bridget Wall will be in cathedral tomorrow (Friday) from 11,30am where she will be accepted photographs with the names of victims on the back, together with a message or poem if you wish.

Bridget can be contacted on bmj.wall@btinternet.com or 01366-382433 for more information.