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Kirklees residents share moving stories on National Day of Reflection

Residents from across Kirklees came together to share their experiences of the pandemic on the second anniversary of the UK going into lockdown.

To mark Covid Memorial Day (also known as National Day of Reflection), on the second anniversary of the UK entering its first lockdown, Kirklees Council has gathered stories from local people across the region to show how the pandemic impacted people across the borough.

The council have worked with residents across the whole borough to create a video entitled “Our Covid-19 journey: People of Kirklees”.

The video features residents from across Kirklees, sharing their experiences, struggles and emotions as they reflect on the pandemic and its impact on them.

This video is just one way that Covid Memorial Day will be respected.

Bethany Cookson’s winning Covid-19 flag design. Image: Kirklees Council.

Local primary schools were invited to design a Covid Memorial Day flag as part of a borough-wide competition.

The winning entry was designed by Bethany Cookson, from Moorlands Primary School. It will fly proudly over all Kirklees town halls:  Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Cleckheaton and Batley, today.

Councillor Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council, said: “If there is a positive to take from the last two years, it’s the togetherness shown by everyone across Kirklees. To get through what has been such a challenging and difficult time in our lives. It’s so important that we acknowledge what we have been through together each year and remember those we have lost.

“The pandemic has impacted everyone in some way and that’s why we wanted to mark it by sharing real stories, from real people from Kirklees. I urge everyone to watch our video as we all come together to reflect on a time in all of our lives where we pulled together.”

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