TRIBUTES: Cross could be an alternative

A Manchester United shirt and scarf have been left in memory of David Jones. Picture by Jane Coltman
A Manchester United shirt and scarf have been left in memory of David Jones. Picture by Jane Coltman

I write in response to the article published on the front page of last week’s Gazette concerning the emotive subject of tributes left at the roadside where a friend or relative has died as a result of a road accident.

This will always be an emotive subject but the fact remains after a few weeks these tributes become unsightly and hardly a fitting memorial to a loved one who has departed prematurely.

May I suggest a suitable solution.

People will always leave items at the scene of a fatal accident, whether that be a wreath, bouquet or other personal items such as in this case a football shirt.

Within a few weeks these items become unsightly and in my opinion should be respectfully removed.

However, I see it as a fitting memorial if a simple white cross was planted at the scene with the name of the departed there on.

This would be easily maintained and mark the place where a loved one died but would also mark as a lasting reminder to other road users, that someone lost there life at this location, thereby providing a poignant road-safety message.

In particularly dangerous locations, where a number of people have died, several white crosses would send an extra strong message to drivers to be aware of what has happened here and to take extra care.