Bob and Bea attended the RoadPeace Service at Hereford Cathedral on Sunday 17th November which was held to mark the World Day of Remembrance and Hope for Road Traffic Victims. They were met by the Precentor of Hereford Cathedral, the Reverend Canon Andrew Piper. Also in attendance were the Mayor and Mayoress of Hereford, Councillor Philip Edwards and Mrs Bobbie Hadley as well as HM Lord-Lieutenant of Herefordshire, The Countess of Darnley JP accompanied by The Earl of Darnley DL.
It was a deeply moving Service attended by a large congregation. The first Reading was read by The Mayor of Hereford and the second Reading was read by Bob as High Sheriff of Herefordshire. The Very Reverend Nick Bury, Dean of Gloucester 1997 – 2010 gave a lovely Sermon in which he pointed out the dreadful statistic that in excess of 1,750 people lose their lives on our roads in the United Kingdom each year. Up to 50,000 people are killed in road traffic accidents worldwide annually. Members of the congregation were then invited to lay oak leaves on which were written the names of the deceased at the side of the Paschal candle. These were gathered up at the end of the Service and will be buried at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.
At the end of the Service, the congregation were invited to stay for a cup of tea. Bob was privileged to speak to a number of people who have lost loved ones on our roads.