On Tuesday 23rd March 2021, the nation came together to remember the anniversary of the first national lockdown in response to the global Coronavirus pandemic. The National Day of Reflection was observed in Huntingdon with a Minute’s Silence at the War Memorial at 1200.
The Town Flag was flown at half-mast as a sing of respect and in remembrance of the 126,172 recorded covid-related deaths since the first lockdown in March 2020.
The National Day of Reflection was the idea of Marie Curie Cancer Care, the daffodils and yellow colouring were used as a sign of support for all those lives lost.
At 1200, the Mayor of Huntingdon, Cllr Karl Webb, and the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Padrica Kennington, led the town with a Minute’s Silence before laying daffodils at the Memorial. Yellow Ribbons were also tied to the chains of the memorial by the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, and residents, including former mayors Cllr Sarah Gifford and Steve McAdam.
Some residents marked the day by tying yellow ribbons to gates, trees, and doors as a mark of respect.
Around the country, buildings were lit up as a beacon of light to remember those lives lost. Huntingdon’s Bandstand and Town Hall were also lit up for the evening. Residents were asked to shine a light into the sky at 8pm.
A sad milestone of the global pandemic, but one in which Huntingdon joined the nation in reflection of those lives lost.
More images from the National Day of Reflection in Huntingdon: