Annual Service of Remembrance

Every year across the world in November services are held for victims of road crashes. It is part of the World Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims (worlddayofremembrance.org).

This annual service provides a unique opportunity to remember the lives lost or seriously injured of loved ones, to celebrate those lives and to share experiences with others in similar positions. It seems that a day does not go by where we do not hear of a serious or fatal road crash on the region’s roads, and this service is not only about providing support to victims but also about raising awareness and working with key partners to help reduce road death and danger.

The service is supported by Cleveland Police Community Band as well as school pupils who lead prayers and singing.

The service is designed for everyone, whether they hold a particular faith or no faith.

Although this World Day takes place on the third Sunday in November, in the North East that date varies around this time but always takes place in the peaceful surroundings of Durham Cathedral.

Please take a look at the photographs on this page to view images from previous services.

The next service will take place in Durham Cathedral in November 2018 [the date will be published as soon as it is confirmed]. Everyone is welcome.

As part of the Service we have always had Year 5 and Year 6 pupils reading prayers or reflections, such pupils having been selected from a very high calibre of entrants. This has been a tremendous honour for such children and their words have resonated powerfully with those in attendance.

We have widened the ability to participate to all Year 5 pupils (although we recognise by the time of the service such pupils will have progressed into Year 6). The prayers or short reflections can relate to any aspect of road safety or remembrance. The closing date for entries is 31 July each year. Winners will be contacted by 30 September each year (through the supporting adult/school).

Winning entrants should be willing and available to read their prayers/reflections during the Service in Durham Cathedral, It is hoped other entries will be able to be displayed.

Entries must be supported by a teacher, parent, guardian or carer. In the case of Schools, multiple entries can be submitted in one submission providing the name of the entrants are on each entry.

By submitting entries permission is granted for RoadPeace North East to use and reproduce the entries. Entries and any questions should be  info@roadpeacenortheast.org.uk.

2014 (images used by kind permission of The Northern Echo)