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Louise Gittins

As the United Kingdom has sadly passed the grim milestone of 100,000 coronavirus deaths nearly a year to the day since the first recorded death, the Council has re-launched its online book as a place for residents of west Cheshire to pay tribute to those who have lost their lives to the virus.

The book is also a place for people to reflect on the events of the Pandemic and to thank everyone who has gone above and beyond in the response. Residents are also invited to record messages of condolence, reflections and hopes for the future.


This devastating disease has claimed hundreds of lives in our borough, leaving family and friends mourning their personal loss, while the wider community mourns our loss as a society. Many have also lost their jobs, businesses and livelihoods and we wish them well for a brighter future. My thoughts are with each and every person who has suffered any loss since the start of this Pandemic.

The nature of COVID-19 means that, as a borough, we have been unable to come together in our reflections and grief as we would usually wish to when faced with such loss and sadness.

During this Pandemic we have seen and experienced the power of communities coming together to help and support residents in need. We’ve also seen the inspirational support and commitment shown by the nation’s tireless NHS staff, care workers, emergency and first responders, teachers and all our essential and key workers. This year has demonstrated how everything and everyone can truly be connected.”

In the coming weeks, the Council will be working with local stakeholders and communities to design a programme of how the borough could commemorate collectively the impact and the losses the coronavirus has had on the borough.

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