Day of Reflection
On Tuesday, 23 March, there will be a minute's silence, at 12 midday and a national doorstep vigil, at 8.00pm, to form part of a day of reflection to mark the Anniversary of the United Kingdom’s first lockdown, when those who have died in the pandemic will be remembered.
Flintshire County Council will observe the minute’s silence and along with many other prominent buildings and landmarks across the country Theatr Clwyd will be illuminated yellow in the evening
Cllr. Marion Bateman, Chair of Flintshire County Council said;
“The past year has been difficult for us all as the enormity of the challenges the pandemic placed before us became clear. Many of us will have been touched by the tragic loss of close relatives, friends, neighbours and colleagues. There have been so many situations where people have been unable to say goodbye properly to loved ones and to come together to provide the comfort and support that is so necessary for us all to understand and recover from such tragedies.
“It is entirely appropriate that we now take time to reflect on our journey through the pandemic, remember those taken from us during these worrying times and how we can all help each other move forward in the months to come.”
Cllr. Ian Roberts, Leader of Flintshire County Council said;
“Without doubt all our daily lives have been disrupted and changed immeasurably over the last twelve months. We have all sacrificed many of the freedoms that we had taken for granted. On 23 March, we rightly remember those who succumbed to the pandemic and the heartbreak suffered by so many families.
“We must also reflect on and applaud the efforts, skills and determination of those who have sought to keep us safe and keep vital services running at this time. Our health services, emergency services and carers have worked tirelessly to care for and protect us. Council staff, frontline and support services, have put so much effort and commitment into ensuring the essential services we provide are maintained. Our schools, colleges and universities have been tireless in their determination to maintain education services and support for our children and young people. The tremendous efforts of shop workers and delivery drivers and many others have allowed us to continue with our daily lives.
“We have made great progress in our understanding of coronavirus in recent months and what we must all do to keep each other safe. As we move gradually closer to easing the regulations and returning to a level of normality now is the time, more than ever, to ensure that we continue to follow the rules.”