Coronavirus, one year on: a day of reflection - 23 March 2021

Illuminated heart at Argents Mead bandstand

Published Tuesday, 23 March 2021

You are invited to join a one minute’s silence at 12 noon today (23 March) as part of a nationwide remembrance ‘A Day of Reflection’ and to mark one year since the first national lockdown.

Flags at the Hub, Argents Mead and Hollycroft Park will be lowered to half-mast as a mark of respect to all those who have died. 

“Sadly today marks the one-year anniversary since the first case of coronavirus was confirmed in the borough of Hinckley and Bosworth” said Cllr Lynda Hodgkins, Mayor of Hinckley and Bosworth:

Nobody could have envisaged how significantly coronavirus would affect all our lives and how long it would go on for.
I want to pay my respects to every person who has lost their life to the virus and my condolences to all the loved ones affected.

I am incredibly proud of the residents of Hinckley and Bosworth and how they have responded to what has been an incredibly difficult year.

I would like to thank everyone for working together as a community, for heeding government guidance and, most importantly, for saving lives.

Council Leader Cllr Stuart Bray added:

My thoughts also are with the families in our area who have lost loved ones and everyone affected.

I would like to take this opportunity to recognise our incredible NHS workers and all our key workers; the teachers, the delivery drivers and so many more – they deserve huge praise and credit, and have proven that they are modern day heroes. They have worked tirelessly during extremely difficult circumstances to ensure we are all safe and looked after.

Residents have really stepped up at this time, volunteering to serve others in our community and now many are assisting in our vaccination programme across the borough.  It is a truly heart-warming display of human kindness.  

We still have a long way to go, and I urge everyone to get their vaccination when called; continue to follow all the guidelines and as we unlock and return to a more familiar life please do not become complacent. Thank you for playing your part in helping to keep each and every one of us safe.

Council Chief Executive Bill Cullen added:

We are incredibly proud of the work our staff and partners have done in response to this global pandemic, from keeping services going in very challenging circumstance, supporting our response effort for local communities, and supporting businesses and communities in recovery as we move forward through the national road map journey. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those who have sadly lost their lives during this challenging period.