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Day of reflection held a year after UK’s Covid lockdown began

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A minute’s silence will be observed at noon to remember the thousands who have died.

Flags are flying at half-mast outside Ebley Mill, and on this National Day of Reflection, a minute’s silence is being observed at noon.

Tonight, people are also being encouraged by charity Marie Curie UK to stand on their doorsteps at 8 pm with phones, candles, or torches to signify a “beacon of remembrance”.

The Prince of Wales has lent his support to the day of national reflection being held on the anniversary of the first UK lockdown.

In a recorded message, Charles, who is a patron of the charity, said: “We have all been inspired by the resourcefulness we have witnessed, humbled by the dedication shown by so many, and moved, beyond words, by the sacrifices we have seen.

“Whatever our faith or philosophy may be, let us take a moment together to remember those who have been lost, to give thanks for their lives, and to acknowledge the inexpressible pain of parting.

“In their memory, let us resolve to work for a future inspired by our highest values, that have been displayed so clearly by the people of this country through this most challenging of times.”

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