James Treasure, Vicar of Top Church in Dudley will be leading an online candle-lit service to remember all those who have died across the Borough during the past year.
Tuesday 23 March marks one year since the first UK lockdown and the National Day of Reflection has been organised by the charity Marie Curie, to acknowledge the grief and loss that many people have suffered since that time.
This anniversary of the first lockdown will be marked in Dudley with an online candle-lit service, which will be pre-recorded and released on Dudley Council’s Facebook and Twitter channels at 6pm on Sunday March 21. It will be led by Top Church's James Treasure and will also include a reading from West Midlands Deputy Lieutenant Richard Boot and footage of key workers lighting candles to mark the occasion.
Senior Dudley Council figures including the Mayor of Dudley, Councillor David Stanley; leader of the council, Councillor Patrick Harley; and leader of the opposition, Councillor Qadar Zada, will also light candles.
Councillor David Stanley, the Mayor of Dudley, said:
“It has been a year like no other. We have all had to sacrifice so much since the Prime Minister first announced that we were to go into lockdown to protect ourselves and the NHS almost a year ago. We wanted to do something to mark the occasion, a period of quiet reflection, an opportunity to remember all those who we have so sadly lost to this virus. I would encourage borough residents to get online, and maybe to light a candle of their own at home.”