1 year of lockdown - LIVE: UK reflects on anniversary of ‘stay at home’ rules

Harriet Brewis
Wednesday 24 March 2021 09:36

One year ago, Boris Johnson addressed the British public to deliver a “very simple instruction”: stay at home.

Suffice it to say that the succeeding 12 months have been anything but simple, not only for Britons but communities across the world. The UK’s official coronavirus death toll alone has passed 126,172.

Yet, there have been glimmers of light amidst the darkness: the camaraderie of “Clap for Carers”; the hilarity of accidental Zoom filters; and, of course, the rollout of life-saving Covid vaccines.

Now, as the country marks this landmark anniversary with sadness, some laughter, and deep reflection, we’re here to bring you all the live action throughout the day.


That’s all for today’s live lockdown anniversary coverage

Thanks for tuning in.

Harriet Brewis23 March 2021 16:21

Here’s a touching message from the ‘All on the Board’ guys

All on the Board are TfL staff members who secretly write motivational and inspiring messages on white boards in tube stations across the city.

Here’s their latest message for the National Day of Reflection:

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This animation aims to help children understand grief

It is hoped it will help those who’ve lost loved-ones during the pandemic

Harriet Brewis23 March 2021 13:58

Here’s how the Labour leader spent his minute of silence:

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Here’s a look at some of the nuggets of nostalgia being shared on Twitter:

LastNormalPhoto: Twitter shares snapshots of life before lockdown

It’s becoming increasingly hard to remember a time when we shopped without face masks, had friends over for dinner, and were jostled about in overcrowded Tubes.

Harriet Brewis23 March 2021 12:56

Here’s how MPs marked the minute’s silence in the House of Commons

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The UK is now observing a minute’s silence

It is a moment to remember the lives lost to the pandemic and the sacrifices made by all Britons, particularly those working on the NHS front line.

Harriet Brewis23 March 2021 12:00

A message from Prince Charles and Camilla:

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Just 5 minutes to go until the minute’s silence

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Queen reflects on the ‘grief and loss felt by so many'

The Queen has reflected on the “grief and loss felt by so many” as she marked the Covid lockdown anniversary by sending flowers to the hospital where the Duke of Edinburgh had heart surgery.

A bouquet of irises, tulips, mixed narcissi and ranunculus and the monarch’s message were carried to St Bartholomew’s Hospital in the city of London from Windsor Castle, where the monarch and Philip have been staying during the pandemic.

The Queen’s message read: “As we look forward to a brighter future together, today we pause to reflect on the grief and loss that continues to be felt by so many people and families, and pay tribute to the immeasurable service of those who have supported us all over the last year.”

Harriet Brewis23 March 2021 11:54