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Liverpool Together to mark Covid lockdown anniversary


Liverpool is set to mark the first anniversary of the Coronavirus lockdown with an event being broadcast across the region.

Liverpool Together, taking place on March 23, will include a minute’s silence at noon followed by a 30-minute programme on the airwaves and internet.

Organisers hope it will give people the chance to reflect on the challenges of the last 12 months, remembering all those who have lost their lives during the pandemic, but also to celebrate the ‘incredible community spirit and resilience’ throughout the city.

Frank Cottrell-Boyce, poet Dorcas Seb and singer-songwriter Amber Jay are all involved and there will be input from frontline workers and members of the public.

Meanwhile at 6.30pm, civic buildings will be illuminated yellow. And the River of Light trail will be launched for those who live within the city of Liverpool.

Frank Cottrell-Boyce said: “One of the hardest things about this last year has been the fact that we have not been allowed to say goodbye to our loved ones.

“This is the city’s chance to say goodbye to those we have lost and to look ahead to a better day.”


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Dorcas Seb added: “I'm so delighted to be given the opportunity to just pause and remember lockdown with Liverpool Together.

“No doubt the last year has affected people in many different ways, physically, mentally and spiritually and this event will echo our feelings, together.

“I’ve prepared a piece that platforms the voice of my generation through spoken word which, I'm excited to share in a space, even if it be digital, where we can be together in this as we have been."

The event is being organised by Liverpool Culture Company.

Liverpool Together takes place on Tuesday, March 23 from noon. Catch the event on Radio Merseyside, online via BBC Sounds or Freeview channel 722.