National 999 Day
07 Sep 2021
by Cathy Block

A special ceremony will be held at St Chad's Church in Shrewsbury this Thursday (September 9th) for Emergency Services Day.

Shrewsbury has been chosen as one of the key flagship locations to celebrate national 999 day, which recognises the work of our emergency services.

Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire and the High Sheriff of Shropshire will lead the county’s celebrations at St Chad’s from 8.30 am.

The 999 Day’s founder, Tom Scholes-Fogg, and Deputy Chief Executive, Keith Fraser, will also be present, along with representatives from West Mercia Police, Shropshire Fire and Rescue’s chief, and West Midlands Ambulance Service.

The public is invited to attend, but will need to use St Julian’s Car Park or another alternative car park, as parking at St Chad’s will be limited to dignitaries attending the ceremony.

The 999 Day flag will be raised across the country, and above St Chad’s at 9 am, to mark the 9th hour of the 9th day of the 9th month, and there will be a two-minute silence observed.

Emergency Services Day, also known as 999 Day, is a national day that takes place on 9 September each year. It's an opportunity for the country to celebrate the two million people who work and volunteer across the NHS and emergency services, including the more than 250,000 first responders. The day brings together senior Government leaders, the emergency services and the public to celebrate the work of the NHS and emergency services.

999 Day is also aimed at promoting efficiency and educating the public about using the services responsibly, as well as raising awareness of charity work and career opportunities.

Speaking about the event, Anna Turner, HM’s Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire, said:-

“We teach our children how to dial 999 from an early age because we know our emergency services are so incredibly important. In a crisis, they bring help, knowledge, calmness and support. I am so pleased that we have this very special day to put them at the front of our thoughts and show the gratitude they deserve.”

Tony Morris-Eyton, the High Sheriff of Shropshire, said:-

“Shropshire is proud to support Emergency Services Day. The emergency services are unsung heroes, whom many take for granted but rely on in their hour of need. The staff of the three principal services, police, fire and ambulance, together with the NHS, work selflessly for us all, often exposing themselves to personal danger on our behalf. It is important that we use Emergency Services Day to show our appreciation and gratitude.”

Tom Scholes-Fogg, founder and Chief Executive of 999 Day, said:

“Emergency Services Day is an opportunity for the country to promote our NHS and 999 heroes – past and present. We are indebted to those who run into danger when others run away. I very much look forward to attending the service in Shropshire, hosted by the HM’s Lord-Lieutenant, Anna Turner.”

Lezley Picton, Leader of Shropshire Council, added:-

“It’s a great privilege for 999 Day to choose to host this flagship event in Shropshire. We work closely with many of our emergency services, who I know go above and beyond their role of duty.

“It’s a great opportunity for the community to offer our gratitude and thanks to all those for their vital work in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the public, and who in many cases put their own lives before others. We remain indebted to all the work you do, which has been ever important over the last 18 months of the pandemic.”

Road closure and diversion

To accommodate the event, there will be a temporary road closure of St Chad’s Terrace from its junction with St John’s Hill to the junction with Claremont Hill on Thursday 9 September between 8 am and 10 am.

Access for local traffic will be along Beeches Lane, Town Walls and Murivance. There’ll also be access to St Julian’s Car Park (off Williams Way).

A diversion for through traffic will be signed via Wyle Cop; High Street; Mardol Head; Shoplatch; Bellstone; Barker Street; and Bridge Street.

Businesses are open as usual, and all car parks will be available as normal.