Candle-lit vigil for victims

Community open day with local organisations. Bridget Wall with her petition for road safety.
Community open day with local organisations. Bridget Wall with her petition for road safety.
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Dedicated A47 campaigner Bridget Wall is organising a candle-lit vigil in memory of road victims.

The vigil will take place in Wisbech Market Place on Saturday, 10 August at 8pm to raise awareness of National Road Victims’ Month.

Bridget has organised the vigil to remember all people killed on our roads, including her son Adam and Wisbech student Jamie Butcher.

Everyone is invited and Wisbech Mayor Sam Hoy will be attending with her consort James Barker. Bereaved families are welcome to bring a photograph of their loved one.

Bridget is hoping the vigil will raise awareness of several points, including an increased risk of children being victims of road traffic incidents during the summer holidays, an increased risk to those going on holiday and travelling and a call for the correct terminology to be used when referring to road traffic collisions.

She feels very strongly about the word “accident” not being used when referring to crashes and collisions and said the correct use of words is “vitally important” in influencing attitudes towards the incidents and their aftermath.

Bridget added: “By holding a candle-lit vigil, participants will shine a light on victims killed, maimed and injured by other road users.”

The vigil is linked to a campaign Bridget is running, to get a roundabout constructed on the Wisbech bypass at the Broadend Road junction. Her son Adam lost his life there after a van pulled onto the A47 and hit his motorbike and Bridget has been campaigning for safety changes ever since.

She has started a petition that will be presented to the county council and is gaining support from local people who want to see something done about the accident blackspot. Twelve people have died on that stretch of the A47 in the last 14 years.

• To sign the petition, go to