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DIGNITARIES joined students as a service and dedication ceremony was held to mark Workers’ Memorial Day.

Dozens gathered at Hartlepool College of Further Education for the event to commemorate the thousands of people who have died, suffered serious injuries or illness through work.

Workers’ Memorial Day is held every year on April 28. But yesterday’s activities, organised by Hartlepool Trades Union Council (TUC), at the college also gave people the chance to mark the International Day of Action for Safety and Health at Work, held to promote the prevention of occupational accidents throughout the world.

Further events are planned in the town today to mark Workers’ Memorial Day.

A wreath was due to be laid at a tree of remembrance at the college, in Hartlepool’s Stockton Street, this morning to officially mark Workers’ Memorial Day before a service at Church Square, in Hartlepool.

Flags at the college were at half mast as dignitaries attended for the service yesterday.

Regional and northern representatives of the TUC made speeches as well as the general secretary from Bakers Food & Allied Workers’ Union among other union groups.

Hartlepool MP Iain Wright was also in attendance.

After the service MEP Stephen Hughes unveiled a plaque dedicating the tree of remembrance at the college.

Staff and students at Hartlepool College of Further Education had taken part in a design competition ahead of yesterday’s activities.

The entries were judged by two members of Hartlepool TUC and college staff who decided the winning entry was that of art and design student Andrew Appleyard.

The design will now be used on the front of the next TUC newsletter.

Other designs were displayed at the remembrance service yesterday.

Edwin Jeffries, president of the Hartlepool branch of the Northern Trades Union Council, said: “I was so delighted with the winning entry.

“I have circulated it to the members of the Northern Trades Union Council.”