Covid-19: Lanarkshire lights up one year on from lockdown

People across the county remembered those who lost their lives to coronavirus last night in a touching nationwide memorial.

At 8pm on March 23, 2021, it marked one year since the UK was plunged into lockdown in our fight against the deadly virus.

Twelve months on families, couples and individuals across Lanarkshire and the UK lit a candle, torch or mobile phone and stood on their doorsteps to remember the thousands of people who have passed away in the last year.

Landmarks across the county were also lit up yellow in a sombre moment of reflection.

Both Motherwell Civic Centre and Concert Hall and Hamilton Town House participated thanks to Hamilton grandad Peter McMahon, who helped organise for the buildings to shine yellow on March 23 in conjunction with a national event run by Marie Curie.

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Peter, who lost his wife Debbie to coronavirus last year, said: “It was important to get involved and to push places to light up yellow to remember the thousands of people across the UK who have died due to Covid-19 over the last 12 months.

“We were really proud that places like Motherwell Civic Centre and Hamilton Townhouse lit up and we have spoken to Hamilton Accies Football Club too regarding a potential minute’s silence at their next game.”

Staff at Lanarkshire’s hospitals also took a minute to remember and gathered safely outside.

Supermarkets also contributed to the event throughout the day holding a minutes silence for staff and customers.

Daily Record – Motherwell