Balloons honour St Albans addiction victims

commemorative balloon launch

commemorative balloon launch - Credit: Archant

A number of balloons were released to mark those who had lost their lives through drug or alcohol at a poignant commemoration in the city late last month.

It was organised by Spectrum, the Herts Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service, which has premises in London Road, St Albans.

Spectrum is part of change, grown, live (CGL) which organises International Remembrance Day to remember those who have died.

The balloons were released by staff and clients of the service, both current and past. All the balloons had written tributes attached to them, commemorating those who had died as a result of substance abuse.

A two-minute silence accompanied the balloon release which has been a feature of the St Albans office since 2012.

Communications officer Sam Larkin described the ceremony as giving clients a moment to remember those who had passed away. “That is the whole point of Remembrance Day,” he added.

Spectrum offered food and music to mark International Remembrance Day and had harm reduction information on display, mainly about opiate use.