The Isle of Wight will fall silent later today (Tuesday), to mark one year since the start of the first Covid-19 lockdown in the UK.

On the Island, since March 23 2020, more than 270 people have died and more than 6,700 people have contracted Covid-19.

March 23 has been named a National Day of Reflection.

The charity Marie Curie is urging us to reflect on the loss of lives, to support those who have been bereaved and voice hope for a brighter future.

What is happening, when?

At 8am...

Hospice charity Mountbatten premieres its specially written song, called One Day Soon.

It is performed by Mountbatten Young Adults Group and the Mountbatten Community Choir.

Watch: 'Beacon of light' Covid song released by Mountbatten choir

Isle of Wight County Press:

At midday...

A minute of silence at 12pm.

The Isle of Wight County Press team will be among those falling silent.

At 8pm...

Light a candle, or shine a torch from your doorstep.

How else can we get involved?

Mountbatten is encouraging us to draw a picture (or print off one and colour it in HERE) before sharing it on Twitter, using the hashtag #MountbattenDayofReflection.

Nigel Hartley said: “We are taking time to remember all those who have died and keep in mind all those who have been bereaved.

"Since the first lockdown began in 2020, hundreds of thousands of people have died across the UK.

"Mountbatten has supported many more people than normal who have died across our communities.

"Behind the statistics and whatever the cause, every death has been devastating for the people who have been bereaved."