Families remember those who have lost their lives on Hull's roads
FAMILIES of people who have lost their lives on Hull's roads have gathered to remember their loved ones.
More than 100 friends and relatives congregated at The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin in Lowgate for their annual service of remembrance.
The service saw the congregation light candles in memory of those killed on the roads while the names of the victims were read out.
Angela Ferguson attends the service every year to remember her daughter Anna Cornick.
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Anna, 20, was killed in November 2002 as she was crossing the A165 to the east of Hull.
"The service offers a place for people to come and remember their loved ones and be among people who have been through the same thing as you," she said.
"It is a very sad day but I wouldn't want to miss it.
"It is the one service where everyone knows how you feel."
Angela, 52, of Kingswood, attended the service ahead of the tenth anniversary of her daughter's death on Wednesday.
Reverend Michael Hills led the service which was also attended by officers from Humberside Police and members of Hull City Council.
Gary Horth, transport development team manager at the council, said the service offers a time to reflect and an opportunity to raise awareness.
"Losing loved ones in road traffic accidents is an extremely traumatic thing," he said.
"I have met people who have never recovered from the shock of their loss. These services are vitally important and gives us time to remember those who have lost their lives."
Mr Horth said every year, almost 2,000 people lose their lives on roads across the UK.
"While the council has made major progress in road safety and reducing the number of people killed and injured on the city's roads, we understand the trauma that each accident causes," he said. "We need to continue to raise awareness of road safety and try to further reduce the number of fatal accidents."
Lord Mayor of Hull and Admiral of the Humber, Councillor Danny Brown, also attended.
He said: "The service offers a fitting occasion for grieving families and friends to pay their respects to their loved ones.
"Thankfully, the number of victims reduces year by year but there are still too many, so this event also serves to send a clear message to all road users to be careful because everyone who uses our roads is a potential victim."
The service was held as part of World Day of Remembrance for road traffic victims, which takes place each year on the third Sunday in November.
The council first marked the day in 2002 when it opened a remembrance book in St Mary's Church to record the names of people killed on the city's roads.
The remembrance book is on permanent display at St Mary's church and anyone wishing to have the names of their loved ones added to the book should call 01482 300300.