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SWT supports national Day of Reflection

23 March 2021 : Council news, Community

Somerset West and Taunton Council will be observing a minute’s silence today (Tuesday 23 March) to remember all those who have lost their lives during the pandemic and to show support for anyone who has been bereaved.

Initiated by the Marie Curie charity on the anniversary of the first UK lockdown, the silence will take place at noon when the flags at Deane House and West Somerset House will fly at half-mast.

Short video messages will also be shared on our social media channels from the Chair of Somerset West and Taunton Council, Cllr Hazel Prior-Sankey, and the Mayor of Taunton, Cllr Francesca Smith.

In the evening SWT is also lighting the historic Market House in Taunton in blue and green to honour the emergency services as the nation comes together from their doorsteps at 8pm to light up the night.

Chair of the Council, Cllr Hazel Prior-Sankey, said: “We’ve all been touched by this pandemic and have adapted to many different challenges during the last year, including Council staff who have continued to deliver critical services for residents and businesses while ensuring our most vulnerable are safe and supported.
“I hope people will join us as we take time to remember the lives that have been lost and think about those who have survived, as well honouring all the frontline workers and organisations who have been at the forefront of fighting this virus.

“Please observe the minute’s silence if you can and stand outside with a light at 8pm – a candle, a torch, even your phone – to honour loved ones who have died and reflect on a very challenging year.”

SWT is also supporting the Somerset ‘Coronavirus reflection’ page that has been made available online for members of the public to share their own personal reflection messages – which will remain as a permanent reminder of the last year.