Prayers for the crash victims

IAN CLARKE It will be an emotional event to mark so many unique and individual lives which can never be replaced.

IAN CLARKE

It will be an emotional event to mark so many unique and individual lives which can never be replaced.

People who have lost loved ones in road crashes will gather at Norwich Cathedral next month for a service as part of a worldwide day of remembrance.

RoadPeace in East Anglia is organising the service on Sunday, November 19 at 3.30pm, and as part of the act of remembrance there will be a display board for photographs of victims and a roll call of their names.

The service is open to all and is aimed particularly at those left bereaved or injured by crashes, and members of the emergency services.

The Bishop of Lynn, the Rt Rev James Langstaff, will be the speaker, and intercessions will be led by Norwich and Central Norfolk coroner William Armstrong and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital chaplain, the Rev Pat Atkinson.

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Among the readers will be George Voysey, of Dereham, whose wife Liz is one of the organisers of the event. Her daughter, Amy Upcraft, 19, was killed on the A47 in 2004.

Mrs Voysey has become a leading campaigner for tougher penalties for drivers who cause crashes.

Another mother involved in RoadPeace and planning the service is Bridget Wall, whose son Adam, 24, died in 2002.

After the deaths of Amy and Adam, both drivers who caused the accidents were given fines and penalty points, and the victims' families feel a sense of "strong injustice".

The World Day of Remem-brance for Road Traffic Victims was started in 1993 and has now been adopted by the United Nations. Three thousand people are killed and 100,000 are injured every day on the roads worldwide

Anyone wanting more information about the service and to send pictures for the display board can contact Mrs Voysey at 280 Norwich Road, Dereham, NR20 3AY,

e mail liz@derehome01.demon.

co.uk or call 01362 697617.