Memorial service held in Bath for road crash victims

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A special service has been held in Bath to remember people who have been killed on roads.

The service, organised by RoadPeace, took place near to a permanent memorial installed in the city in May.

The monument, funded by the Bath branch of the charity, bears the inscription, "Remembering lives lost and broken on our roads in the South West".

The service, a humanist ceremony, was at the Chapel Arts Centre, off Lower Borough Walls.

RoadPeace introduced a national day of remembrance for road crash victims in 1993. The charity said that since then 52,000 people have been killed in crashes on British roads.

Steve Duddell, from RoadPeace, said: "Well, 52,000 is half the population of Bath - but if we bring it up-to-date we're still talking about six families bereaved every day.

"Since the memorial was unveiled, in Avon and Somerset, 36 people have lost their lives on local roads."

More than 30 RoadPeace memorial events are taking place across the UK.

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