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National Day of Reflection

National Day of Reflection

Leader of Gateshead Council Martin Gannon reflects on the difficulties we've all faced during this unprecedented year. 

One year ago, the first national lockdown began and since then our lives have changed dramatically.

Today, we remember those we've lost and reflect on the difficulties we've all faced. We have seen two further national lockdowns and varying levels of local restrictions keeping friends and families apart. Many people have been impacted financially, our children have missed their classrooms and most of us have experienced feelings of anxiety and isolation.

We also have a lot to be proud of. Over the last 12 months, our residents, communities, workforce and partners have really pulled together to support each other. We're particularly thankful to our employees who have adapted to new ways of working to keep delivering our existing essential services, and to those who have taken on alternative roles to help us provide testing, vaccination and support for self-isolation.  Public service at its best.

The vaccination programme is progressing well, and the local case rate is steadily declining, giving us reasons to feel cautiously optimistic. We all want to get back to a more normal way of life, but we can only achieve that if we continue to work together to stop the spread of the virus.

At 12 noon and at 8:00pm tonight, please join us in remembering those who have lost their lives and showing your support for those who have lost loved ones. As part of Marie Curie's National Day of Reflection, everyone is invited to observe a minute's silence and shine a light from their doorstep.  To mark the anniversary the Gateshead Millennium Bridge will be lit yellow.

 

National Day of Reflection
23 March 2021

Leader of Gateshead Council Martin Gannon reflects on the difficulties we've all faced during this unprecedented year. 

One year ago, the first national lockdown began and since then our lives have changed dramatically.

Today, we remember those we've lost and reflect on the difficulties we've all faced. We have seen two further national lockdowns and varying levels of local restrictions keeping friends and families apart. Many people have been impacted financially, our children have missed their classrooms and most of us have experienced feelings of anxiety and isolation.

We also have a lot to be proud of. Over the last 12 months, our residents, communities, workforce and partners have really pulled together to support each other. We're particularly thankful to our employees who have adapted to new ways of working to keep delivering our existing essential services, and to those who have taken on alternative roles to help us provide testing, vaccination and support for self-isolation.  Public service at its best.

The vaccination programme is progressing well, and the local case rate is steadily declining, giving us reasons to feel cautiously optimistic. We all want to get back to a more normal way of life, but we can only achieve that if we continue to work together to stop the spread of the virus.

At 12 noon and at 8:00pm tonight, please join us in remembering those who have lost their lives and showing your support for those who have lost loved ones. As part of Marie Curie's National Day of Reflection, everyone is invited to observe a minute's silence and shine a light from their doorstep.  To mark the anniversary the Gateshead Millennium Bridge will be lit yellow.

 

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