WI sings for safety

12.00 | 14 May 2013 | | 3 comments

Members of a Cambridgeshire Women’s Institute (WI) group have recorded a song to highlight their concerns about safety at a roundabout on the A1 (BBC News).

The Buckden group’s song, to the tune of ‘Jerusalem’, is a plea for better signs to warn drivers as they approach the village.

Patricia King, president, said they wanted to do “something hilarious so people would take notice”.

Mrs King said residents complained it was difficult and dangerous driving in and out because of the speed of traffic approaching the large roundabout.

Mrs King said: “Ideally we would like a bypass, but, meanwhile, we need safety measures such as speed cameras, and more notification to drivers that they need to slow down for the roundabout.”

The Highways Agency said it already had plans to improve signage in the autumn.

Click here to read the full BBC News report.


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    Can I have these ladies on my side in the fight for better and earlier training of motorcyclists. Please, please. I’ll make the tea and bring the scones.

    bob craven lancs
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    Nice to see a musical theme running though the news feed – what with the Who’s eagerly awaited ‘pedestrian safety manual’ (although a life-long Who fan, I must confess Pete Townsend’s last work, his musical interpretation of the Dft’s classic epic “Traffic Signs and General Directions Manual (2002)” didn’t really do it for me) and now the WI. Perhaps a better choice for the WI might have been Simon and Garfunkel’s “Feelin’ Groovy”… it starts ” ..slow down you move too fast…”

    Hugh Jones, Cheshire
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    So The WI are again pushing the road safety boundaries. In 1979 at their annual general meeting a resolution was passed that put them in the frontline of road safety for motorcyclists.

    “This meeting proposes that all persons acquiring a motorcycle (new or second hand) and holding only a provisional licence should have to undergo an officially approved training scheme.”
    Proposed by Calderbridge and Ponsonbury WI (Cumbria-Cumberland Federation) June 1979

    This organisation took on the government and won to protect their young and they have been doing it ever since. Actually they no longer take on the government; they have the ear of parliament and are a force to be reckoned with.

    Peter Westminster
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