A year of lockdown in the Calendar region

One year ago the UK was put into a national lockdown - the Prime Minister addressed the nation at 8pm on 23rd March 2020 - the message stay at home.

Since then, there have been 10,774 deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test across Yorkshire and the Humber.

Nationally, the figure is 126,172 people.

Charity Marie Curie is coordinating a 'National Day of Reflection' to encourage people to come together and reflect on our collective loss.

It's an opportunity to support those who have been bereaved, and to hope for a brighter future.

In South Yorkshire, police officers are wearing daffodils to remember those who have lost loved ones during the pandemic.

  • The minute's silence being observed at Ramsden Primary School in Worksop

The minute's silence was observed at several cathedrals in the region including:

  • Halifax Minster

  • York Minster

  • Hull Minster

Most cathedrals are also open for personal prayer and to light a candle throughout the day.

Emergency service depots and a number of hospitals have also taken part.

Firefighters in Leeds fell silent at midday to remember the victims of the Covid-19 crisis Credit: ITV Calendar

The silence was also conducted in Westminster. Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House of Commons, said: "None of us has escaped the ordeal of Covid-19 – from the shock of having our liberty taken away, to the heartbreak of losing someone we loved.

He continued: "So, a year on, it is right that we take a moment to reflect on what we as a nation have been through; that we pay tribute to the many lives lost and the families that mourn them, and we say a big ‘thank you’ to our NHS staff who have worked so tirelessly on the front line caring for people in need."

Buildings will light up yellow:

  • Bradford Cathedral

  • Bradford City Hall

  • Margaret McMillan Tower

  • Forster Square Arches

  • Yorkshire Police Fire & Rescue

Mental Health and Lockdown

  • Dr Jilly Gibson Miller speaks to ITV News

There have been fears that lockdown will lead to a mental health crisis in the UK, however, Dr Jilly Gibson-Miller from the University of Sheffield told ITV News that there hasn't been a surge in demand for mental health support in the last year.

Dr Gibson-Miller did say that younger people were more likely to have mental health issues as a result of the pandemic.

Support and advice for people struggling with their mental health can be found at the Britain Get Talking website.

Marie Curie Bradford Hospice Choir:

The singers will unite in a virtual performance to perform a specially written piece by Brian Knowles with a live Zoom concert.

One year ago, they released a version of 'Lean on Me'

For more information, visit Marie Curie's website.