As the UK marks one year since since the first national lockdown, Preston and Lancashire are preparing to remember loved ones who have been lost.Advertisement
The Mayor of Preston, Councillor David Borrow, has shared his thoughts today to mark the National Day Of Reflection, which seeks to remember those we have lost during the pandemic.
There will be a minutes silence at 12pm noon today to reflect.
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He said: “Today we join others across the country in a national day of reflection, recognising the anniversary of the first national lockdown, announced by the Prime Minister on 23 March 2020.
“The last 12 months have been incredibly challenging for all of us. We have not just stayed at home, we have had to adapt, change or forego many of our most loved activities, interactions and freedoms.
“Today is the opportunity for us to stop and acknowledge the sacrifices that so many have made in order to protect their families, friends and communities.
“Today is the opportunity for us to recognise the incredible dedication and hard work of our key workers in the NHS and in every essential role that has kept us safe and provided essential goods and services.
“Today is the opportunity for us to collectively remember those we have lost to this terrible virus.
“And today, we must recognise that it is not over yet. Lives are still being lost; sacrifices are still being made.
“To every residents, whether born and bred Prestonian or those who have chosen Preston as their home, I thank you for your support through this difficult time, share your grief for those we have lost and look forward to brighter days.”
The National Day of Reflection has been initiated by end of life charity Marie Curie.
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At midday today, a minutes silence will be observed in honour of those who have died, and to reflect on the challenges we have overcome during these dark times.
Then at 8pm, residents will be encouraged to stand outside with a light – a candle, a torch or even your phone – to remember someone who has died and to show support to the bereaved.
Dr Sakthi Karunanithi, director of public health for Lancashire County Council, tweeted about the importance of remembering those our community has lost.
On BBC Lancashire he also said it has been an ‘intense year’ but an ‘amazing year’ because people have come together to keep Preston and Lancashire as safe as possible.
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On the same show, DCC Terry Woods said: “I’m really proud of what we’ve done, but the job is not done.
“I do think there’s things we did at the beginning [of the pandemic] that saved lives, and for that, I’ll forever be proud of what Lancashire’s done.”
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