Liverpool WDR service

A virtual service to remember those who have died or been injured on our roads will be held in Liverpool on Sunday 15th November.

RoadPeace NorthWest has organised the remembrance as part of the charity’s World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims and invites all those who have been bereaved or injured through road crashes, together with those you support them, to join the remembrance.

It takes place at 2pm on Sunday 15th November, and will be available to watch on YouTube.

Pauline Fielding, from Liverpool, organises the annual event for RoadPeace, where she turned to for support after her son Andrew was killed in 1994 at the age of just 18, in a crash caused by a driver who did not stay at the scene and who was never traced.

Pauline Fielding has the following message:

On behalf of RoadPeace NW I invite you to join us for our service on World Day of Remembrance for Traffic Victims on Sunday, 15th November at 2pm on YouTube.

The first Day of Remembrance in Liverpool was held 25 years ago and people have gathered together each year since then to remember loved ones who died or were injured on our roads. A memorial to road crash victims in St John’s Gardens was dedicated 15 years ago and we have met there each year since then. This year we are unable to meet in person at St George’s Hall or at the memorial to crash victims due to restrictions caused by the pandemic. Instead we hope you will join us at 2pm to watch our online service, which will mean we are together in spirit, if not in person!

All those taking part have a local connection and we thank them all including the High Sheriff, the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, The Assistant Chief Constable of Merseyside Police, the Rector of Liverpool, St Nicholas’ Singers as well as Chris Boardman and members of RoadPeace NW, who will be remembering their loved ones. We will take the opportunity to thank the emergency services and all who support us throughout the year.

Sincere thanks go to all our members who have shared photographs of their loved ones for our Act of Remembrance, a most poignant part of the service. Thanks also go to the Rector of Liverpool, Revd Dr Crispin Pailing and Ian Grant-Funck from Liverpool Parish Church who have greatly supported us in making the service possible. Special thanks also go to members of the RoadPeace NW Legal Panel, Birchall Blackburn Law, Carpenters Solicitors and Oliver and Co Solicitors, who support us throughout the year and have kindly sponsored our service. The help and support of you all is greatly appreciated.

Our service is just one of so many taking place across the world. RoadPeace NW will be remembering all our loved ones but also those who have died or been injured across the world. We send our sympathy and special thoughts to you all and trust that we can all support each other and work together to reach the day when Vision Zero is achieved and no new names are added to our list of loved ones to be remembered.

The event in Liverpool is one of many taking place across the globe as part of RoadPeace’s World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. It was first introduced by RoadPeace in 1995 and quickly spread to other European countries before being adopted as a worldwide remembrance by the United Nations in 2005, the year in which Liverpool City Council provided the memorial to road crash victims in St John’s Gardens, sculpted by Tom Murphy.