Letter - Memorials should be for cemeteries not roadsides

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It was sad to read of the Wightman family’s grief at the death of their son, Owen.

As the father of three children myself I can only begin to imagine how they must feel.

However, I do believe that an end should immediately be put to the practice of establishing such memorials.

This practice has, in any case, sprung up over the last 20 years or so in this country - it is hardly a tradition.

When such a memorial is established it is usually only a matter of days before it consists of weathered and bedraggled teddy bears, rain-soaked cards and dead flowers in cellophane wrappers coloured dirty black with traffic film.

Rarely are the same items removed by those that have laid them there, it is assumed that ‘somebody’ else will.

What was originally a loving tribute is soon reduced to litter.

Who among us, if we are honest, would want that on the pavement outside our own houses?

Tragedies do happen, it is a sad fact of life, but if somebody were killed on the road in front of our home I would not want to have my young children to have to walk past a heap of rotting flowers and be reminded of it day-in-day-out for months on end, and potentially, indefinitely.

I am a motorcyclists. Statistically there is a fair chance I will die on the road, though I hope not and I obviously try to ride so as to avoid such an event.

I have given strict instructions, however, that if I am an accident victim there is to be no memorial of any sort on the spot.

I know many friends who have done likewise.

Memorials are for cemeteries.

Neil Liversidge

St Aidan’s Road

Great Preston

Leeds