Iconic buildings in Stafford will be illuminated today (Tuesday) to mark the anniversary of the first Covid lockdown in the UK.
Stafford Castle, the Shire Hall in the town’s Market Square and the Gatehouse Theatre will all be lit up in yellow as part of the national call to remember those who have died during the pandemic.
The initiative is led by the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity and will include a minute of silence at 12 noon and a doorstep vigil at 8pm this evening. Staff at Stafford Borough Council will be observing the minutes silence.
Mayor of Stafford Borough, Councillor Gareth Jones, said there was much to reflect on:
“It is a day to remember all those whose lives were cut short as a result of this terrible virus and to the families unable to say their last goodbyes at the bedside of their loved ones.
“It is a day to reflect on the impact of this pandemic on our daily lives. The effects on people’s mental health, the pressures for those on the frontline of tackling Covid-19, the financial hardship for families as a result of redundancies or reduced pay, the disruption on children’s schooling and their opportunities to play with friends.”
He added: “We now have more hope for the future. We can see an end to the restrictions on our everyday life as an increased number of our population are vaccinated.
“We are grateful for all those key workers and volunteers within our community for going above and beyond to make sure others were kept safe or provided for in what has been for many the darkest period we have known.
During such an awful time, the unprecedented way communities in Stafford Borough have come together to support each other is something we can be proud of.
“It has been a difficult time and there is much to reflect on.”