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Mayor of Cambridge to lead minute's silence to mark one year since start of coronavirus pandemic

News release from 18 March 2021

THE MAYOR and Mayoress of Cambridge, Cllr and Mrs Russ McPherson, will be leading a minute’s silence on Tuesday 23 March to mark a year since the start of the first national lockdown in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Guildhall will be lit up in purple to remember those we have lost, and gold to herald better times to come, along with other prominent buildings across the UK to mark a national day of remembrance. Cambridge residents are being invited to join in by lighting up their doorsteps on Tuesday night.

Cllr McPherson said: “I would like to invite all Cambridge residents to join us at 12 noon to mark this poignant anniversary as we remember everyone who has loved ones or friends still suffering, and especially those who have tragically lost their lives due to this terrible virus, along with all those who have been affected in so many ways and have made so many sacrifices since last March.

“We also take this opportunity to thank the people of Cambridge, who have remained steadfast over the last 12 months in showing such great community solidarity by observing the national guidelines as we’ve worked together in combatting this virus.

“Although it has been an incredibly difficult time for many, the pandemic has also allowed us to see the very best in the people of our city and all around the country – whether that’s been joining in with the work of our community support hubs to help those most in need, supporting local businesses or looking out for elderly or vulnerable neighbours.

“And although we are making vast strides in getting control of the virus, it’s up to us all not to let our guard down at this crucial time, but to continue to follow the national guidance to stay safe as we look forward to better times ahead.”