Crawley memorial could be created to honour those lost during pandemic

A memorial has been suggested to honour more than 70 Crawley people who have died after contracting Covid-19.

Friday, 19th June 2020, 4:22 pm
Crawley during the lockdown. Pic by Steve Robards

Peter Lamb, leader of the borough council, mentioned the idea during his weekly online Q&A.

He said: “I’ve had the update that we’ve apparently had 75 deaths in Crawley so far, the majority of those hostel based and a number in care homes.

“That figure has continued to rise despite a general reduction in the number of cases.

“We need to think at the end of all this about some sort of memorial to those who’ve been lost in the pandemic, much as there was back in the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic.”

Figures from the Office of National Statistics show that, from March to May, 73 people in Crawley died after contracting the virus, as well as 13 in Copthorne and Turners Hill and seven in Crawley Down.

In East Grinstead, the death toll stands at 43, while 58 have died in the Horsham area.

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