18 Mar 2021
Marking the one-year anniversary of the first UK lockdown, British pub group Young’s will join the nation for a National Day of Reflection on Tuesday 23rd March. Coming together for a day of remembrance, Young’s will shine a beacon of solidarity by lighting up their pubs across London and the south east at 8pm for the first time since the December lockdown.
Organised by charity Marie Curie, and backed by the Prime Minister, the National Day of Reflection will mark the nation’s collective loss during the pandemic, commemorating those who are tragically no longer with us. At noon on Tuesday 23rd March, a minute’s silence will be held across the UK, while from 8pm, all are encouraged to shine lights into the night sky as a symbol of Remembrance.
As a sign of solidarity, over 140 Young’s pubs will join the illuminations, turning on pub lights and signs for the first time since closing in December. Patrick Dardis, Chief Executive of Young’s, comments:
“After a year full of loss and uncertainty for so many, it is important for us all to take a moment to reflect. Our pubs have always been at the heart of their communities and we know so many of our locals have experienced the most challenging of times. We are proud to be returning to our pubs, unlocking our doors and switching on our lights, for the first time in months, to come together with the nation to remember all those who have been tragically affected by the pandemic and to shine a light on better times.”
The National Day of Reflection will take place on Tuesday 23rd March, with a minute silence and evening illuminations. Other community events including virtual reflective assemblies, candle lighting on doorsteps and yellow ribbons wrapped around trees are also planned.
More information at www.mariecurie.org.uk/dayofreflection. #DayofReflection