BRITS have been urged to hold a doorstep vigil with candles at 8pm tonight to mark a year since lockdown.
More than 126,000 people have died from the deadly bug in the past 12 months.
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Brits have been urged to light a candle at 8pm tonightCredit: Getty
And a year to the day since Prime Minister Boris Johnson first put the country under lockdown to slow the fast-spreading coronavirus, a national day of reflection is being held.
After a minute’s silence at midday, tonight will also see a time of remembrance held after being initiated by the end-of-life charity Marie Curie.
Brits have been urged to stand on their doorsteps at 8pm with phones, candles and flashlights to signify a beacon of remembrance.
Londons skyline will turn yellow when landmarks including the London Eye, Trafalgar Square and Wembley Stadium light up at nightfall.
Other notable buildings that will be illuminated include Cardiff Castle and Belfast City Hall.
Churches and cathedrals plan to toll bells, light thousands of candles and offer prayers.
Last night ahead of the anniversary, the PM vowed to end lockdowns once and for all.
The PM added: “We should also remember the great spirit shown by our nation over this past year.
“We have all played our part, whether it’s working on the front line as a nurse or carer, working on vaccine development and supply, helping to get that jab into arms, home schooling your children, or just by staying at home to prevent the spread of the virus.
“It’s because of every person in this country that lives have been saved, our NHS was protected, and we have started on our cautious road to easing restrictions once and for all.”
Heroes like Captain Sir Tom Moore emerged during the pandemicCredit: AP
The NHS has seen an influx of thanks for their work on the frontlinesCredit: Reuters
Prince Charles today has called on Brits to remember those claimed by the deadly pandemic.
The future king said: “In their memory, let us resolve to work for a future inspired by our highest values, that have been displayed so clearly by the people of this country through this most challenging of times.”
The PM will tonight hold a press conference to mark the anniversary.
One year ago, the PM shut the nation down, telling everyone to stay at home to stop the spread of the virus which had already started to rip through Britain.
England has now had three national lockdowns, with shops shut, people told to stay home and ditch plans to see friends, family and colleagues.
Those lockdowns have lasted for nearly half of the last year – with some other areas having been in local lockdowns for even longer.
During the past 12 months, Brits have banded together to get through the tough times.
Brits took to their doorsteps to clap for the NHS on Thursday nights while heroes like Captain Sir Tom Moore raised thousands for those on the front lines.
Almost 28million people have received a coronavirus vaccination as part of the rollout to get life back to normal.
And March 29 will see the next phase of the road to lockdown take place – with the stay at home message ditched and Brits permitted to gather in groups of six.