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Mayor opens online book of condolence for those lost to Covid

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The Mayor of Dudley is to open an online book of condolence for borough residents, a year after the country first went into lockdown due to coronavirus.

The book, to help borough residents remember loved ones, will be launched on the Mayor of Dudley’s website on Tuesday. (March 23)

The date marks an exact calendar year since Prime Minister Boris Johnson first announced the country was moving into lockdown.

Residents can sign the book from Tuesday at

Councillor David Stanley, the Mayor of Dudley, said:

It is hard to believe that it has been a year since the country was first plunged into lockdown. So much has happened since then.
Unfortunately, tragically, a good many of us have lost people we loved, people very close to us as a result of this horrible virus.
I thought to launch an online book of condolence to give borough residents the chance to write a public message to remember loved ones they have lost, to ensure their memories and legacies live on.

As well as the launch of the book of condolence to mark the 12-month milestone, a candle lit vigil is being held.

The vigil will be pre-recorded and released on Dudley Council’s Facebook and Twitter channels at 6pm on Sunday March 21.

The service will be led by Reverend James Treasure, vicar at Top Church in Dudley.

It will also include a reading from West Midlands Deputy Lieutenant Richard Boot and footage of key workers lighting candles to mark the occasion.

Senior Dudley Council figures including the Mayor of Dudley, Councillor David Stanley; leader of the council, Councillor Patrick Harley; and leader of the opposition, Councillor Qadar Zada, will also light candles.

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