BARNSLEY town centre came to a standstill on Wednesday to mark two years since the Covid-19 pandemic forced the first national lockdown.

Now known as the National Day of Reflection, a floral tribute was laid by Mayor of Barnsley Caroline Makinson at the town’s Covid memorial at the Glass Works to remember those who have lost their lives to the virus.

Also present was Valerie Henfrey, pictured, who attended the remembrance event in honour of her late husband, Peter, who died of Covid last year.

Leader of Barnsley Council, Sir Steve Houghton, said: “It is important we continue to remember all those we have lost and those who continue to grieve, as well as the key workers that kept everything going and the unsung heroes.

“We will never forget the enormous impact the pandemic has had and the lives it has changed forever.”