Remembrance event

POIGNANT: Last year's event
POIGNANT: Last year's event

TRADE union chiefs in Hartlepool are urging the local community to get involved in a remembrance event in the town on Workers’ Memorial Day.

The annual Remembrance Service and wreath-laying ceremony takes place this year on Monday, April 28, at Hartlepool Art Gallery in Church Square, at 12.30pm.

The event commemorates those who have been either killed or injured in workplace accidents, and aims to raise awareness among employers of the importance of effective health and safety procedures.

The service will be jointly conducted by the Reverend Rosalyn Hall and the Rev Chris Collison.

Hartlepool MP Iain Wright will give a reading, and Hartlepool Council’s HBC Sing choir will perform pieces specially chosen for the event.

Edwin Jeffries, President of Hartlepool Trades Union Council, added: “Whether or not they have been affected by a tragedy at work, we hope that as many people from across the region will join us to pay their respects and add their weight to the campaign to make all workplaces safe for workers.”