Moving service to remember road accident victims

View of Halifax Minster
View of Halifax Minster

A poignant service to remember all those who have lost their lives in road traffic collisions is to be held at Halifax Minster.

The annual Oak Leaf Service takes place this year on Sunday, November 20, during National RoadPeace Week; RoadPeace is the national charity set up for road accident victims.

This year’s event is being held in partnership with the new Calderdale Board for Road Safety, and during the service, oak leaves will be placed on the high altar in memory of all those affected by these tragic collisions.

Vicar of Halifax, The Rev Canon Hilary Barber said: “We will be remembering all those who lost their lives or were injured as a result of a road traffic accident, as well as those caught up in road traffic collisions in our community.

“This includes the Police, Ambulance Service, Fire and Rescue, as well as medical staff from A and E. When someone dies on the road, the whole community is affected.

“Here at Halifax Minster I have had to take the funeral of a number of people killed on the roads, including those of very young people. November is a time for Remembrance, and many families and professional agencies have found thisoccasion helpful in the journey which follows a fatality or a life-changing experience.”

The service takes place at the end of Sunday evensong at 4pm and the Mayor of Calderdale will be in attending. Everyone is welcome.