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Saturday, February 25, 2017
Services mark anniversary of Potters Bar rail crash
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 Interchurch services to mark the first anniversary of the Potters Bar rail tragedy take place tomorrow. Relatives and friends of the seven people who died will attend a private service at 12.56 (the time of the tragedy) to bless a Memorial Garden. During this time there will be no trains through the station, and road traffic in the immediate vicinity will come to a standstill. The service will be introduced by the Archdeacon of Hertford, the Ven Trevor Jones, and be followed by a time of silence at 12.56pm. This will be followed by a prayer, led by Fr Tim O'Connor, Priest at Our Lady of Assumption Roman Catholic church, where Agnes Quinlivan, who died in the tragedy, was an active member. A specially-commissioned sculpture will then be unveiled, followed by the dedication of the Memorial Garden by the Rt Revd Robin Smith, Assistant Bishop of St Albans. A public commemoration service will be held at Mount Grace School, Church Road, Potters Bar at 2.30pm. A key element of the service will be the lighting of ten candles. Seven will be lit in memory of those who died, with a further three candles being lit for the injured, the rescue services and the local community. Students from the school will bring to the service a 'Tree of Life' as their personal tribute. The school grounds are home to a number of rare trees and the students' chosen tree will be subsequently planted at an appropriate location in the grounds as their permanent memorial.
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