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Families remember Gloucestershire road crash victims

By laura_enfield  |  Posted: November 18, 2012

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Loved ones who died on our roads were remembered at a special service at Gloucester Cathedral this afternoon.

Prayers were sent up for more than 20 people, including young farmers Harry Smith,17 and Oliver Pain, 18, who were killed on Tuesday on a country lane near Michaelwood Services.

Other families and friends paid tribute to victims of crashes dating back more than 65 years.

Their names and dates of passing were written on special oak leaves.

One was for Helen Ruth Cridland who died aged 10 months on May 15, 1947.

As they were placed on the altar a prayer was said asking for them and all road crash victims to 'rest in peace' and for those who mourn to be 'blessed with courage and strength today and every day'.

The annual service marked World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

Jackie and Mike Blakeman from Broadway have attended every years since their 22-year-old daughter Zowie died in 2002.

Pauline and John Tandy from Mitcheldean said a prayer for granddaughter Gemma Lane, 17, who was killed on April 27, 2005 on a road in the Forest of Dean.

Mrs Tandy said: "It's nice to have something to mark it every year."

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  • Stuntgirl1  |  November 18 2012, 7:49PM

    I wish I'd known about this before I would have liked to have attended :-(

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