Councillors back Worker’s Memorial Day service in Hartlepool

The service last year to mark Workers' Memorial Day
The service last year to mark Workers' Memorial Day

PLANS for a memorial day service to remember those employees who have died or been injured in the workplace have won the unanimous backing of councillors.

The Workers’ Memorial Day service will take place on Monday, April 28, at 12.30pm, at Christ Church Tourist Information Centre and Art Gallery, in Church Square, Hartlepool.

Everybody is welcome and guest speakers include Roy Rickhuss, general secretary, Community, Heather Wakefield, head of Local Government, UNISON and Trevor Burden with special guest, Stephen Hughes MEP.

Flags on public buildings will also be lowered as a mark of respect and a minute’s silence held in council-owned buildings.

Councillors also backed plans to allow the sale of the Workers’ Memorial Day Remembrance forget-me-not purple ribbons on council premises to staff and public.

The plans were discussed by Hartlepool Borough Council’s finance and policy committee.

Dave Stubbs, the council’s chief executive, said: “Hartlepool Borough Council fully supports the day.”

Edwin Jeffries, secretary of Hartlepool Joint Trades Union committee, said: “We fully respect and thank the council for its continued support. Sadly this is still a relevant day and the way the cuts are going means it is going to be even more relevant.”

Mr Jeffries added: “The service is especially open to all family, friends, colleagues who wish to remember loved ones who have died or been injured, or made ill through their work.

“Employees who have died through industrial accident or disease whilst trying to earn an honest living for themselves and their families are not publicly remembered on any other day.”

Labour councillor Carl Richardson said: “I fully support these recommendations. This is a growing event and there are national speakers.

“I hope the council supports these recommendations.”

There are also plans for a minute’s silence in council buildings at 12.30pm on Monday, April 28, and for flags to be lowered. Last year, 150 people attended the poignant service, including civic leaders and town MP Iain Wright.

The plans won the unanimous backing of the members sitting on the council’s finance and policy committee.