The Alnwick Garden lit up in Northumberland colours to mark National Day of Reflection

The Alnwick Garden was bathed in the colours of the Northumberland flag to mark one year since the first Covid-19 lockdown.

Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 8:54 am

The illuminations on Tuesday night were organised in conjunction with Northumberland County Council as part of a National Day of Reflection led by charity Marie Curie to remember and honour those lives lost due to coronavirus.

Council leader Glen Sanderson, said: “Looking back over the last 12 months we have all experienced a dramatic change in how we live our lives, and many of us have sadly experienced loss and bereavement.

“We wanted to honour all those people who have suffered or lost someone close to them as a result of this awful virus, but also to mark the tremendous effort and spirit which we have seen across the county. Our residents and staff have been nothing short of phenomenal in their response.

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The Alnwick Garden lit in the colours of the Northumberland flag to mark one year since the first Covid-19 lockdown.

“With the continued vaccination programme we are looking forward to better times and the future prosperity of Northumberland.”

Mark Brassell, director of The Alnwick Garden said: "The last 12 months have been a really challenging time for us all, and here at The Alnwick Garden we have done all we can to continue to offer a safe space for people to enjoy, when restrictions have allowed.

"It is hugely important to take the time to mark the sacrifices which have been made and losses many have experienced over the last year and we are honoured to be playing our part by lighting up The Alnwick Garden."

Throughout the day, the council also paid tribute to communities, individuals and council staff with a series of special films on its social media channels showing the efforts of people across the county.

The Alnwick Garden turns red and yellow, the colours of the Northumberland flag.

Many residents share in a minute’s silence at noon as well as taking to their doorstep to shine a light in memory of loved ones at 8pm.

A special online exhibition showcasing stories, poems, diaries, artwork and songs which residents have been creating during the various lockdowns has also been launched on

The Alnwick Garden reopens on Monday, March 29 in line with the easing of Covid-19 restrictions. Pre-booking essential.

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