Local landmarks around Kirklees will be lit up in yellow this evening to mark a year since the beginning of the first national lockdown.

The event is part of the wider Marie Curie Day of Reflection to remember all those who have died during the pandemic. Staff will start with a minute’s silence to mark the passing of the first year and pay their respects to all those who have tragically lost their lives.

Later that evening, the council will light up Castle Hill and its town halls in Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Batley and Cleckheaton yellow.

Leader of Kirklees Council, Cllr Shabir Pandor, said: “A year ago, our world turned upside down. Since then, we’ve lost so many friends and loved ones. At midday, alongside millions of people across the country, I will be pausing to reflect on the tragedy that has affected so many families and communities in Kirklees and across the country. In the evening, we will light local landmarks across the borough to honour those who have passed away to show we are thinking about them and about the people who mourn them.

“I will be reflecting on our immense loss today but I will also be taking time to think about all those who have worked so hard and sacrificed so much to keep each other safe. I want to thank everyone in Kirklees for looking out for their community throughout this most difficult year.”

The Day of Reflection comes at a pivotal moment. The world is still stuck in lockdown, but vaccines offer the hope of a way out. However, concerns about the future supply of the vaccine linger.