A Covid remembrance event that was due to be held at Ayr Hospital just before Christmas was cancelled at the last minute owing to rising case numbers.

Melanie Hunter and representatives from two other households were supposed to hold a candlelit vigil outside the main doors of the hospital on Thursday, December 23 at 7pm in memory of those who have lost their lives or been affected by Covid-19.

The event has been rescheduled until spring next year. But that didn’t stop people marking the day of remembrance. Melanie, who had both parents in hospital with Covid last year, said that instead, candles were lit in gardens and yellow ribbons tied to mark the occasion.

Whilst Melanie’s mum came back from hospital, sadly, her dad died from Covid in November 2020. Not wanting to let the event slip away due to the cancellation, a new date has been organised to coincide with National Covid Remembrance Day on March 23.

Melanie said: “In conjunction with the hospital, etc, I’ll be organising the remembrance service which will be held at the memorial in the hospital grounds. A piper has offered his services free of charge for the candlelit vigil so I’m hoping he will kindly offer the same in March.

“Allan [Dorans] has said he will be there, representatives of the hospital will also be in attendance including nursing staff.

“All those who lost a loved one, whether it be family or friend, or were affected by the pandemic will be welcome.

“More details on times etc will be released in the New Year.”

Commenting on the cancellation, Allan Dorans MP tweeted: “Unfortunately, a candlelit vigil in memory of those who have lost their lives to Covid, due to take place in Ayr last night was postponed (now 23rd March).

“However, at my request, South Ayrshire Council, lit the Wallace Tower yellow in their memory. Thank you SAC.”