The London Road Safety Council (LRSC) was represented at a recent garden party, hosted at Buckingham Palace, to mark 100 years since the formation of the Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).
Formed as the London ‘Safety First’ Council in 1916, the original remit of the organisation was to tackle the ‘alarming increase in traffic accidents, and the direct connection therewith of the restricted street lighting which had been necessitated by the War conditions’.
The organisation was renamed RoSPA, with the agreement of King George VI, in 1941. Since then, it has been at the heart of accident prevention in the UK – and around the world.
The garden party, which took place on 25 May, was hosted by HRH The Duke of York and HRH Princess Eugenie of York.
3,500 of RoSPA’s supporters, members and other guests – including Wendy Brice-Thompson, chair of the LRSC – attended the event, which was the pinnacle of the charity’s centenary celebrations.
Wendy Brice-Thompson was introduced to HRH the Duke of York (pictured above) and the pair discussed the topical issue of the safety of cyclists on the Capital’s streets.
Wendy Brice-Thompson said: “LRSC congratulates RoSPA for the magnificent achievement of 100 years of dedicated work to improve safety and save lives – in everyday life and on the roads.
“The garden party was a fantastic occasion and I very much enjoyed talking to HRH The Duke of York about our efforts to improve the safety of London’s cyclists – a subject that was clearly of great interest to him.”
Errol Taylor, RoSPA’s acting chief executive, said: “We were delighted to share such a special occasion with our many guests, and in particular HRH The Duke of York and HRH Princess Eugenie, to whom we were able to demonstrate our important and extensive work through those they met.
“We want to thank all of those who attended, and the many other friends of RoSPA from around the world, as it is because of them that we can continue working to save lives and reduce injuries.”
07 June 2017