Message from the Mayor, Cllr Bev Duffy for the National day of reflection

Everyone is encouraged to join the whole country on 23 March, the first anniversary of the first UK lockdown, for a National Day of Reflection to reflect on our collective loss, support those who’ve been bereaved, and hope for a brighter future.

The Day of reflection is proposed by Marie Curie Cancer Care and supported by the Prime Minister.

There will be a minute of silence at 12 midday and, later that day, everyone is encouraged to light up their doorsteps; yellow is the preferred colour.

It is hoped people will help create a nationwide ‘beacon of remembrance’ on their doorsteps by beaming phones, candles and torches into the night sky at 8.00pm.

This is a moment for us to remember those sadly no longer with us and collectively reflect on how this pandemic has brought us all closer together as a community and has perhaps brought home to each of us what the really important things are in life.

There are still tough times ahead, as the death toll continues to rise. This annual day will give us all time to pause and think about this unprecedented loss we’re facing, and to continue to support each other in the years to come.