National Day of Reflection

Barrow Town Hall will be lit up in yellow to show support for National Day of Reflection

BARROW Town Hall will become a beacon of solidarity and hope when it is illuminated in yellow, as the borough joins the UK to reflect on a year of living under lockdown restrictions.

Barrow Borough Council is supporting a National Day of Reflection which is being organised by charity, Marie Curie today (March 23).

At noon there will be a nationwide minute’s silence as the country reflects on lives lost and affected by the pandemic.

And at 8pm, people will take to their doorsteps with candles, torches, or using the light from their mobile phones, to show support and unity for the millions of people who have been bereaved.

Leader of the Barrow Borough Council, Cllr Ann Thomson, said: “The last year has been remarkably tough for some many people, for a variety of reasons.

“Many households and families have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic; through bereavement, loneliness, financial hardship or effects on their physical and mental health.

“The togetherness of the Barrow community has not ceased to amaze me, and I am sure there will be many residents of the borough who take time to reflect at noon, or by their front doors at 8pm, on the last 12 months.”

“The Town Hall will be lit up in yellow as a beacon of solidarity and as a sign of hope. We will get through this together. Nobody should feel alone. As a borough, we are Barrow and we will get through this.”

Barrow Town Hall will be in good company. London’s skyline will turn yellow with landmarks including the London Eye, Trafalgar Square and Wembley Stadium lighting up at nightfall.

Other notable buildings that will be illuminated include Cardiff Castle and Belfast City Hall.

According to figures released by Marie Curie, almost half (45%) of UK respondents think that, as a nation, we have become more empathetic and kinder.

The charity is asking people across the UK to take a moment to reach out to someone who is grieving - whether it is by having a chat, sending a card, a message or by giving someone spring flowers, to show them that they care.