Scarborough borough's Mayor and MP support Covid-19 memorial day
Scarborough leaders have thrown their support behind a Covid-19 National Day of Reflection.
On Tuesday March 23, people are being invited to remember those who have died during the pandemic and show support for everyone who has been bereaved.
The MP for Scarborough and Whitby Robert Goodwill said: “It is premature to suggest that we have beaten the virus yet but it is important that we can remember those we have lost and recognise the dedication of those who have carried out key roles or volunteered during this long campaign to conquer the disease.
“In particular, I would like the scientists who tracked the epidemiology, discovered better treatments and developed vaccines to put us in the position we are in today to be recognised and applauded.”
Mayor for the Scarborough Borough Hazel Lynskey said: “During this pandemic I have been in awe of so many people, whether individuals, groups or organisations, of how they have stepped up.
“Many of them have made intolerable sacrifices whilst others have given amazing support to so many.
“It would be remiss of me not to remember and acknowledge Covid-19’s massive toll on so many across the whole of the United Kingdom and beyond.
“I support without hesitation the day to pay tribute to the lives lost, the immense suffering as well as a thanksgiving for the humanity, courage and innovation shown by so many in such difficult circumstances.”
Spearheaded by charity Marie Curie, over 110 organisations are behind the day and they hope it will become an annual event.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also given his support for the reflection day.
The day will see a nationwide minute of silence at noon, followed by bells tolling at 12:01pm and prominent buildings and iconic landmarks across the UK lighting up at 8pm.
There will also be virtual reflective assemblies, choirs, special services, candle and lantern lighting on doorsteps, yellow ribbons wrapped around trees, and other commemorative activities.