A SERVICE of remembrance for those who have died or been injured on our roads will be held at St George's Hall in Liverpool this weekend.

Taking place in the iconic building's concert room on Sunday at 2pm, it is part of the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

During the service the names of road crash victims will be read aloud. Following the service, at approximately 3pm, five doves will be released at the memorial to road crash victims behind St George's Hall, in St John's Gardens.

Light refreshments will be served in St George's Hall afterwards and there will be opportunities for people to chat to and support each other.

People of all faiths and those of none are welcome to come.

The event has been organised by RoadPeace.

Pauline Fielding, from Heswall, organises the annual event for RoadPeace, where she turned to for support after 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 was never traced.

Mrs Fielding is now a trustee of the charity and says the service is a poignant way for people to pay tribute as well as raising awareness of how dangerous driving costs lives.

She believes remembrance plays a vital role in reminding society about the number of victims and highlighting the long term psychological impact on those bereaved and injured in road crashes.

She said recently: "My son Andrew was killed in a road crash, caused by a driver who did not stop and who was never traced.

"Since that day, 25 years ago, I have been fighting for justice for him and to reduce dangers on the road where he died, to help prevent others also experiencing the loss of a loved one.

"The day Andrew died changed my life and that of so many others.

"I was helped emotionally and practically by RoadPeace and so I urge all those bereaved or injured by road crashes, together with those who support us, to join us at the remembrance and raise awareness to help prevent further death and injury.

"We are thankful to those who support us and to those who are working hard to reduce the number of people killed or injured on our roads."

Road deaths and injuries are sudden, violent, traumatic events, often with a lifelong and life changing impact.

Each year, millions of newly injured and bereaved people from every corner of the world are added to the countless millions already suffering as the result of a road crash.

The scale of the problem is such that:

1.24 million people are killed every year globally

Between 20 and 50 million more suffer non-fatal injuries on the world’s roads every year

In Britain, 1782 were reported killed in crashes in 2018.

In this country, five people die each day, on average.

Brigitte Chaudhry MBE, RoadPeace Founder and WDR initiator, whose son Mansoor was tragically killed in a crash in 1990, said: "I am proud to have had a major part in the creation and evolution of the World Day to the present day.

"It has been wonderful to witness the spread of World Day commemorations throughout the world and to know that we victims are linked with each other on that special day in remembering our loved ones.

"Of course we hope that raising awareness of the terrible consequences of crashes among all road safety stakeholders, governments and the general public will lead to a serious reduction of road danger and hence future deaths and injuries.

"We hope that thanks to the existence of our World Day we will have to remember fewer new road victims each year."

The World Day of Remembrance has wide support from the emergency services, politicians and NGOs in the UK.