Colchester’s Mercury Theatre hosting covid memorial

By Rita Flores

The Mercury Theatre is hosting a full day of activities and an evening concert, next Saturday, to commemorate the lives lost in the Covid-19 pandemic.

There were approximately 450 Covid related deaths in Colchester borough between January 2020 and October 2021 and the commemoration aims to bring people together and thank everybody fighting on the front line.

Visitors are welcomed to add their messages to St Helena Hospice’s Covid-19 Memory Tree or to help volunteers planting 15,000 snowdrops, sponsored by the Colchester Borough Homes.

The Covid Knit sculpture from Krista McSkimming that represents the isolation and anxiety of the past two years will also be on display.

Presented by BBC Essex hosts Sonia Watson and Ben Fryer, evening guests will be entertained with live performances from Colchester’s British Army Band, Funky Voices Choir, and Mercury Young Company.

In partnership with the Colchester Borough Council and the local community, the event will be live streamed so that everyone can take part in.

The tickets are free for anyone wishing to see the concert in person and can be booked through the Mercury Theatre website.