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Weekly Edition - Published  18 August 2016


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Remembrance of Diana, Princess of Wales & All Road Crash Victims

ROAD crash victims are to be remembered in a special ceremony. RoadPeace NW are inviting those who have been bereaved or injured through road crashes, together with those who support them, to the remembrance event in the Lady Chapel of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, St James' Mount, L1 7AZ, on Wednesday, 31 August 2016, starting at 2pm. If they wish, they can bring a photo of the person they are remembering so it can be placed in the chapel during the event.

The day marks the 19th Anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in a road crash. It also marks the anniversary of the world's 1st motor vehicle death, that of Mary Ward in Ireland in 1869. Britain's 1st road death also occurred in August, when Bridget Driscoll was killed at Crystal Palace on 17 August 1896, with the Coroner pronouncing:- “This must never happen again.” Since then, over half a million people have been killed in crashes in Britain and the current annual global death toll is estimated at over 1.3 million deaths. Such scale of loss has been described by Professor Danny Dorling, a patron of RoadPeace, as this century's biggest public health crisis with our roads the “open sewers of the 21st Century.”

There will be a minute's silence during the ceremony. After the service people will go outside and five doves will be released in memory of loved ones, as each day, on average, 5 people are killed on Britain's roads.

Pauline Fielding, a trustee of of RoadPeace, said:- “We encourage anyone who has been bereaved or injured through a road crash to join us for this remembrance and the chance to support and talk to each other after the ceremony. We are thankful to those who support us and to those who are working hard to reduce the number of people killed on the roads of Merseyside.”

The event will be attended by the High Sheriff, the Lord Mayor of Liverpool and other dignitaries, as well as representatives of the emergency services and organisations which deal with and support road crash victims.

The RoadPeace helpline number is:- 0845 450 0355 and further information is available from:- RoadPeace.Org.


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