A MUM who lost her son in a crash in Neston was among those who attended a special remembrance service.

The names of people from Merseyside and beyond who lost their lives in road crashes were read aloud as part of service, including that of Andrew Fielding, who lost his life in 1994.

The event on Sunday marked the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. The Liverpool service was held in the Concert Room at St George’s Hall and was attended by more than 200 people including many families and friends of those who have died or been injured on our roads.

Organised by the national charity for road crash victims, RoadPeace, the day of remembrance was a chance to reflect on the lives lost, as well as the effects such tragedies have on families and friends.

The event was organised locally by Pauline Fielding, who is a RoadPeace trustee, whose son Andrew died in a crash on A540 Chester High Road in Neston, caused by a driver who fled the scene and has never been traced.

She said: “Crashes on our roads claim the lives of our loved ones and leave a trail of devastation in their wake. The victims are in our thoughts every day and each year we join together to honour their memory with the service of remembrance.

“It helps keep their memory alive and is a constant reminder to everyone that our roads are dangerous places where there is an unacceptably high death toll due to dangerous driving.

“We invited people to pay tribute to those who have been lost. We want people to spread the message that many of these deaths could have been prevented.”

Many dignitaries attended the commemoration including the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Anna Rothery, along with the High Sheriff David Steer, Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy, Assistant Chief Constable Jon Roy and Chief Fire Officer Phil Garrigan. The service was conducted by the Rector of Liverpool, the Revd Canon Dr Crispin Pailing and the address was given by Sir Mark Hedley, a retired High Court Judge.

Following the service, five doves were released at the memorial to road crash victims in St John’s Gardens to signify the five people who are killed on our country’s roads each day.