UPDATE: Woman hurt in Portsmouth remembrance service loudspeaker collapse

Paramedics at the scene
Paramedics at the scene
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A WOMAN was taken to hospital after she suffered a cut to the head when a loudspeaker fell on her at a Remembrance Sunday service.

The accident happened just after the two-minute silence was observed at the Royal Naval War Memorial at Southsea.

The service at the Royal Naval War Memorial

The service at the Royal Naval War Memorial

An 8ft tall tripod on which two loudspeaker horns were mounted was apparently blown over by the wind at the service organised by the Royal British Legion Riders Branch.

It fell straight onto a woman in her 60s, who was one of hundreds of people showing their respect at the service.

Onlookers rushed to help her as she was knocked to the ground.

The service continued as she was given first aid and comfort before paramedics arrived to treat her.

Organisers said it was not immediately clear what had happened and that the accident would be investigated.

Hundreds of veterans and supporters on motorbike and scooters rode in convoy to the service this morning.

A South Central Ambulance Service spokesman said: ‘That was reported to us at 11.13am.

‘It was reported that the PA system, to do with the Remembrance Sunday service, had fallen on an approximately 60-year-old female giving her a cut to the head.

‘She was reported conscious and breathing, apart from having a cut to the had it was not a serious injury.

‘The Portchester co-responder from the fire service was first on the scene followed by an ambulance and she was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital.’