Scotland Remembers Road Crash Victims
The lives of all those lost on Scotland’s roads will be honoured on Sunday (Nov 17) at a service in Inverness-shire supporting Road Peace World Day of Remembrance.
Among those remembered will be Ian Buchanan, son of Beauly-born businesswoman June Ross, and Rick Bale whose good friend Keith Skinner has helped June organise the service at Fort George.
With support from Aberdeen city’s Lord Provost – Peter Stephen, she founded the support group Don’t You Forget About Me (DYFAM) – named after the last song played at Ian’s funeral – for anyone affected by a road crash. Ian, a passenger in a car, died in a two-vehicle crash in rural Aberdeenshire just two days before his 23rd birthday in 2010.
Rick, a pedestrian, was hit by a motorist as he crossed an Aberdeen street with his girlfriend in 2007.
June said: “We are not counsellors or professionals but we are a group of people who share the heart-breaking experience of losing someone on our roads or of being badly affected by a road crash.
“There are so many tragedies continuing to occur on routes all around Scotland, despite numerous safety campaigns, and we just want to raise awareness of the issues that can affect all road users. We hope that anyone affected by such incidents, anywhere across the country, will join us in remembrance on Sunday.
“The location of DYFAM’s service this year is Inverness-shire but we will be welcoming people from all over, including Aberdeen and Edinburgh.”
The service begins at 3pm at the Regimental Chapel, Fort George, near Inverness, and will be led by Rev Peter Nimmo. The Provost of Inverness, Alex Graham, and Highlands and Islands MSP David Stewart will both attend along with local representatives of the emergency services including the police and fire service.
In previous years the service has been held in Aberdeen and those who have helped and supported DYFAM there in the past are most welcome, as are any other members of the public. Other Road Peace services are being held in Melrose and Thurso.
Those attending the service at Fort George, where the newly refurbished Highlanders’ Museum will host teas and coffees after the ceremony, will be exempt from the normal entrance fee. The museum will be closed to the general public at 4pm around the time the service ends.
Special access into the Fort can be arranged for cars with disabled or other passengers requiring dropped off at the chapel. For assistance call 0131 310 8701 or 0131 310 8702 with the driver’s name, vehicle make and registration number.
Issued by Don’t You Forget About Me. For more information contact June Ross on 07980 638277 www.dyfam.co.uk email: dyfam<a>youreventscotland.com (replace <a> with @)