National Day of Reflection - Tuesday 23rd March 2021

The National Day of Reflection organised by charity Marie Curie, will take place on Tuesday 23rd March – the anniversary of the UK going into the first national lockdown.

Since the first lockdown began in 2020, hundreds of thousands of people have died. Too many lives have been cut short and millions have been bereaved.

Behind the statics and whatever the cause, every death has been devastating for the families and loved ones left behind.

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 are facing, and support each other through grief in the years to come.

Join us on 23rd March, the first anniversary of the first UK lockdown, for a National Day of Reflection to reflect our collective loss, support those who have been bereaved, and hope for a brighter future.

The Town Hall will be flying the flag at half-mast.

Take a minute to reflect 

Join the national minute of silence at 12 noon to honour loved ones who have died and to reflect on the challenges we have overcome.

Shine a light

At 8pm there will be a minute's silence and an opportunity for us all to light up the night. Stand outside with a light - a candle, a torch or even your phone - to remember someone who's died and show your support to people going through a bereavement. 

To find out more about the National Day of Reflection and how to get involved visit

Put a colourful poster or flowers in your window

 Covid restrictions make it impossible for us to come together as a community to reflect, so we would ask that as many of you as possible draw, paint create your own art or simply colour in one of these posters to show your support.

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