Paying respects at Hartlepool Workers’ Memorial Day service

PAYING RESPECTS: Keith Fisher arrives for the Workers' Memorial Day service held in Christ Church.
PAYING RESPECTS: Keith Fisher arrives for the Workers' Memorial Day service held in Christ Church.

PEOPLE paid their respects to victims who have been killed or injured in workplace accidents during Workers’ Memorial Day.

Workers’ Memorial Day was held yesterday to raise awareness among employers of the importance of effective health and safety procedures.

The annual Workers’ Memorial Day Remembrance Service and Wreath Laying Ceremony was held at Hartlepool Art Gallery, in Church Square.

The service was jointly conducted by the Reverend Chris Collison and the Reverend Janet Burbury, while speakers included Hugh Scullion, general secretary of the Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions, Fintan Hurley, scientific director of the Institute of Occupational Medicine and Glen Williams, chairman of the UNISON Service Group Executive.

A special guest at the service was Trevor Burden, whose 19-year-old son Jason, from South Shields, died after a piece of machinery weighing almost a tonne fell on him in an accident at the Wear Dock in Sunderland in 2011.

Rosie Upton also performed three songs which she specially selected for the service.

Afterwards, wreaths will be laid by people attending the service including bereaved family members.

On the evening before the event, there was a Memorial Day Show at The Studio in Tower Street featuring folk singer Rosie Upton and performer and raconteur Joe Solo.