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University joins City partners in national day of reflection to mark the first lockdown anniversary

Posted on 22 March 2021

The University of York joined partners in lighting up the City to mark the first lockdown anniversary.

Heslington Hall illuminated to mark the first lockdown anniversary. Credit: University of York/Alex Holland

The light-up on Tuesday 23 March was part of a series of events taking place across the UK to mark the beginning of the pandemic in the UK and remember those who have lost their lives.

The University joined St Leonard’s Hospice in their campaign to illuminate landmark buildings in their trademark colours of blue and yellow, in recognition of the impact the pandemic has had on the local community.

Heslington Hall was one of several buildings to be illuminated across the City. Others included the roof of York Hospital, Mansion House, The Council’s West Offices and the city walls.


Vice-Chancellor of the University of York, Professor Charlie Jeffery said: "By working together with our partners across the city over the past 12 months we have achieved a great deal in what has been a most difficult time.

“We have learnt from each other, but most of all, we have learnt how to come together, to be compassionate, and each play a role in a strong, resilient community that will see us through into better times.

“This is a day to reflect on all of this, and to remember those who have lost their lives.”

Emma Johnson, Chief Executive at St Leonard’s Hospice said: “This light up event is designed to bring our community together and give people a chance to take a moment to reflect on this historic year and both the personal and professional challenges people have faced.

“As we are getting ready to move into spring, and starting to look forward to the start of the lockdown restrictions easing, and the vaccination roll out progressing, it’s also a chance to celebrate how resilient we have been as a city in pulling together to tackle this pandemic.”

Shared experience

Cllr Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council, added: “St Leonard’s campaign is a fitting way to remember our shared experience and efforts over this last year and thank those on the front lines continuing to give their all to protect our city.”

Events around the country also included a minute's silence at 12 noon and a national doorstep vigil.


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