Landmarks across the North East were turned yellow as the region marked a year since the first coronavirus lockdown. St Mary’s Lighthouse, Penshaw Monument and the Northern Spire Bridge were lit up on what was a day of national reflection. It was last March 23 when PM Boris Johnson announced the first of what has so far been three national lockdowns in a bid to try and halt the spread of the virus. Since then, over 125,000 British lives have been lost, with a year of restrictions crippling the nation’s economy. The arrival of vaccines has brought hope that the pandemic will soon be over, with Britain rolling out jabs faster than almost any country on Earth. However Tuesday was a day of sombre reflection across the country. A minute’s silence was held at noon as the Queen reflected on the “grief and loss felt by so many”. But in a week where Britain approached a million vaccine doses a day, and daily deaths fell to their lowest levels in months, the Prime Minister offered the nation hope. IYA: Coronavirus widget He said that after a year of death and despair, Britain was “step by step, jab by jab” on the path to “reclaiming our freedoms”. But acknowledging the “huge toll” the last 12 months have had on the nation, he accepted the past year has been “one of the most difficult in our country’s history”. The yellow landmark tribute was organised by end of life charity Marie Curie. The charity had also urged people to stand on their doorstep at 8pm on Tuesday with a light to show support for those going through a bereavement.