Published March 22, 2021 at 9:21
Rossendale Borough Council are joining other local councils across the country in inviting residents to take part in a National Day of Reflection on Tuesday 23rd March marking the first anniversary of the pandemic lockdown.
A minute’s silence will be held across the UK at noon, while at 8pm people are being asked to light up their doorsteps with torches, candles and mobile phones.
Council Leader Alyson Barnes said: “This has been an incredibly difficult year for everyone and my thoughts are especially with all those who have lost loved ones.
“It seems almost unbelievable that we have been dealing with this pandemic for over a year, but progress is now being made and there is light at the end of the tunnel with the successful roll out of the vaccine programme.
“As restrictions begin to lift and life starts to return to something like we were used to before, a day of reflection is an opportune moment to take stock and to thank people for the sacrifices they have made and continue to make.
“I’d like to thank all the key workers, from nurses to refuse collectors for providing our vital public services under extremely challenging circumstances. I’d also like to thank all the amazing volunteers and community groups that have come together to help the people of Rossendale.”
Rossendale Hub has helped over 3,000 people across the borough providing help for individuals and families. The council have supported around 1,800 businesses with grants, advice and workshops to try to ensure that local businesses are in a strong position as the economy begins to recover.
Cllr Barnes continued: “The pandemic has shown us the great community spirit we have here in Rossendale and how we all pull together to help each other.
“I hope residents will join me in the minute’s silence at noon and help to create a nationwide beacon of remembrance on their doorsteps by beaming phones, candles and torches into the night sky at 8pm.”