By Leah Conway
Today, 23 March 2021, marks one year since the country’s first national COVID-19 lockdown. To mark the anniversary and to reflect and remember all those lost over the past year, Kirklees Council will light up local landmarks in yellow this evening and pause for a minute’s silences at midday.
The council’s actions are part of Marie Curie’s National Day of Reflection. It is an opportunity for everyone to reflect on their collective and personal losses. The minute’s silence will be taking place across the country and national landmarks, as well as our local ones, will be lit up this evening.
In Kirklees, Castle Hill and the town halls of Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Batley and Cleckheaton will light up yellow.
‘To honour those who have passed away…’
Leader of Kirklees Council, Cllr Shabir Pandor, said: “A year ago, our world turned upside down. Since then, we’ve lost so many friends and loved ones. At midday, alongside millions of people across the country, I will be pausing to reflect on the tragedy that has affected so many families and communities in Kirklees and across the country. In the evening, we will light local landmarks across the borough to honour those who have passed away to show we are thinking about them and about the people who mourn them.
“I will be reflecting on our immense loss today, but I will also be taking time to think about all those who have worked so hard and sacrificed so much to keep each other safe. I want to thank everyone in Kirklees for looking out for their community throughout this most difficult year.”