Victoria Tower at Castle Hill was illuminated in yellow light tonight to mark the anniversary of the first Covid-19 lockdown.

Kirklees Council lit up the tower and Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Batley and Cleckheaton town halls as part of Marie Curie’s National Day of Reflection.

There was a minute’s silence at noon and people were invited to stand on their doorsteps at 8pm and shine a light of remembrance.

Council leader Clr Shabir Pandor said: “A year ago, our world turned upside down. Since then, we’ve lost so many friends and loved ones.

Victoria Tower at dusk: Pictures by: SEAN DOYLE

“At midday, alongside millions of people across the country, I paused to reflect on the tragedy that has affected so many families and communities in Kirklees and across the country.

“In the evening, we will light local landmarks across the borough to honour those who have passed away to show we are thinking about them and about the people who mourn them.

“I will be reflecting on our immense loss today but I will also be taking time to think about all those who have worked so hard and sacrificed so much to keep each other safe.

“I want to thank everyone in Kirklees for looking out for their community throughout this most difficult year.”