Memorial service to be held for Hull’s road victims

A memorial service will take place at Hull’s Guildhall to pay tribute to those who have lost their lives on the city’s roads.

The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims takes place on the third Sunday of November every year. The global event remembers the millions killed and seriously injured on roads, as well as acknowledging the suffering of victims, families and communities.

Traditionally held at St Mary’s Church in Lowgate, the Hull service has been temporarily moved to the Guildhall this year, because of renovation works. Last year’s service was held online, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Councillor Lynn Petrini, Lord Mayor of Hull, will be in attendance, and anyone who has lost someone on the city roads is invited to attend and have their loved one’s name added to the Book of Remembrance.

People can also bring photos of loved ones to display and light a candle of remembrance.

Watch last year’s virtual memorial service:

Yesterday, Councillor Dean Kirk, portfolio holder for transportation, roads and highways, laid a wreath on behalf of Hull City Council, at the memorial stone for road traffic victims outside the Streetlife Museum of Transport.

Cllr Kirk said: “Around 4,000 people are killed on roads around the world every day, and for each victim there is a family who will remain bereaved forever.

“We hope that the families and friends of people who have died on Hull’s roads will find Sunday’s service a fitting way to pay their respects.

“Each year, the names added to Hull’s Book of Remembrance remind us that there are still too many casualties on our roads.

“As well as paying tribute to victims, the World Day of Remembrance sends a powerful message to all road users to take care.”

The service is being held in The Reception Room at The Guildhall in Lowgate, Hull, from 2.30pm on Sunday 21 November.

For more information, email Allan Robins at [email protected].

To find out more about the World Day of Remembrance, visit worlddayofremembrance.org or roadpeace.org

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