Peace Pagoda to light up tonight as beacon of remembrance for Covid victims in Milton Keynes

The city's Peace Pagoda is to light up tonight to mark the national Covid Day of Reflection.

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 10:04 pm
Updated Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 10:49 am

The Willen Lake pagoda, officially called the Nipponzan Myohoji Temple, will be turning on its lights at 8pm.

The monks and their Head Nun will be praying and chanting with their drums during the event.

"We hope that it will give a beacon of hope to the citizens of MK as we as a community move forward together," said a spokesman.

The Peace Pagoda. Photo: The Parks Trust

Meanwhile MK Council's civic offices at the city centre lit up with purple over the weekend - but that was to celebrate Census 2021.

The event was organised by The Office for National Statistics (ONS) to raise awareness of the census, which took place yesterday, Sunday March 21.

Other iconic landmarks lighting up included the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, BT Tower in London and Blackpool Tower which took part in the celebration..

Lisa Robson, Census Engagement Manager for ONS, said: “The census is such an important undertaking that helps inform the vital services we all rely on every single day within our communities.

MK Council offices lit up in purple

“We wanted to shine a (purple!) light on the buildings and landmarks that matter most to their local areas, highlighting the importance of the census in helping shape the communities we live in.

“We’re thrilled with all the support we have received so far and would like to thank Milton Keynes Council for their participation. Now is the time for everyone to complete their census and be part of history”

At the weekend the Census team were also out and about visiting Milton Keynes’ three marinas and offering help to those who live on boats to ensure that everyone can complete it, wherever they choose to live.

Every household in England and Wales should have received their census letters with unique access codes enabling them to fill in their census online. Paper forms are available for those who need it, plus a range of other support.

In the coming days, the census field operation will begin contacting households who have not completed their census. They will never enter a house, they will always be socially distanced, be equipped with PPE and work in line with all government guidance.

If you need any help, or to request a paper form, you can visit the census website www.census.gov.uk. The national census support centre (freephone 0800 141 2021) is available if you can’t find the help you need online. There is also a local census support centre based in Great Linford who can assist with face to face or telephone assistance on 01908 606 613.