The Alnwick Garden to be lit up as part of National Day of Reflection

Northumberland to mark National Day of Reflection

A year on from the first national lockdown Northumberland County Council will be joining a National Day of Reflection to remember and honour those lives lost due to Coronavirus. 
The Council has teamed up with The Alnwick Garden to light up the popular visitor attraction in the colours of the Northumberland flag to mark the occasion on Tuesday evening
Throughout the day the council will also be paying tribute to communities, individuals and council staff with a series of special films showing the efforts of people across the county.  
The council is joining in the National Day of Reflection led by charity Marie Curie and encouraging to residents to share in a minute’s silence at 12pm as well as taking to their doorstep to shine a light in memory of loved ones at 8pm. 
A special online exhibition showcasing the things residents have been creating during the various lockdowns will also be launched on Tuesday on The exhibition includes short stories, poems, diaries, artwork and songs which people created to keep themselves busy.   
Leader of the council, Cllr Glen Sanderson, said: “Looking back over the last 12 months we have all experienced a dramatic change in how we live our lives, and many of us have sadly experienced loss and bereavement. 
“We wanted to honour all those people who have suffered or lost someone close to them as a result of this awful virus, but also to mark the tremendous effort and spirit which we have seen across the county. Our residents and staff have been nothing short of phenomenal in their response. 
“With the continued vaccination programme we are looking forward to better times and the future prosperity of Northumberland.” 
Mark Brassell, Director of The Alnwick Garden said: "The last 12 months have been a really challenging time for us all, and here at The Alnwick Garden we have done all we can to continue to offer a safe space for people to enjoy, when restrictions have allowed. 
"It is hugely important to take the time to mark the sacrifices which have been made and losses many have experienced over the last year and we are honoured to be playing our part by lighting up The Alnwick Garden." 
Follow Northumberland County Council’s social media pages throughout the day to take part in the commemoration.  
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