Candle lighting ceremony to mark COVID-19 National Day of Reflection

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Beckenham residents can take part in today’s National Day of Reflection by lighting a candle and joining the Mayor of Bromley for a short service at which more than 700 candles will be lit in front of the Old Palace at Bromley Civic Centre.

Today marks the anniversary of the first UK lockdown and at 8pm this evening 736 candles will be lit, with each one representing a loved one in the borough who lost their life to COVID-19.

You can join the service online at 8pm via this page:

Mayor of Bromley, councillor Hannah Gray, said: “It is extremely important to me that here in Bromley on this day of National Reflection we remember and send our commiserations to our residents and beyond for the many lives cut short by this dreadful pandemic.

“I hope that this act of kindness and shared remembrance will in some way be a small comfort at a time of national mourning for those who have lost loved ones prematurely to Covid-19. This is a time to come together once more, albeit it in a safe virtual way, to help and support one another through the grief.

“Each one of the 736 candles we are lighting represents a life cruelly extinguished before its time. This day will give us all an opportunity to reflect that behind the statistics are individuals and their family, friends and acquaintances who, in many cases, have been unable to grieve properly and deserve our acknowledgement for their fortitude at this difficult time.”

The short service will be led by the mayor’s chaplain, Major Angela Strickland, in the presence of socially distanced guests including the deputy mayor, councillor Stephen Wells.

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