Service at Barnsley’s COVID memorial to mark the National Day of Reflection

Barnsley Council will acknowledge the National Day of Reflection on Wednesday 23 March with a short service at the COVID memorial in The Glass Works Public Square.

The National Day of Reflection is to support the millions of people bereaved during the pandemic and remember the loved ones we have lost.

Reverence’ the memorial sculpture by acclaimed sculptor Graham Ibbeson, commemorates those who lost their lives or loved ones during the pandemic, as well as serving as a tribute to key workers and unsung heroes, and is a place where anyone can go to remember and reflect.

An announcement at 11.55am will be followed by the national one-minute silence at 12pm and a short service with words from the Mayor of Barnsley, Cllr Caroline Makinson and Fr Stephen of St. Mary’s Church.

A floral tribute will be laid by the Mayor of Barnsley on behalf of the council along with flowers to mark the Social Care Day of Remembrance and Reflection for Health and Social Care workers which was held on 17 March.

People are welcome to observe the service and can visit the memorial sculpture at any time to reflect and remember.

Leader of Barnsley Council, Sir Steve Houghton CBE, said: “It is important we continue to remember all those we have lost and those who continue to grieve, as well as the key workers that kept everything going and the unsung heroes.

“In the words of Ian McMillan, to all of our residents and communities, ‘Barnsley’s fierce love holds you forever in its heart’ and we will never forget the enormous impact the pandemic has had and the lives it has changed forever.”

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