Skip to content
You are here: Home | Latest News | News Releases | Nelson’s clock tower to go purple in celebration of Census 2021

Latest News

Nelson’s clock tower to go purple in celebration of Census 2021

Published: Tuesday, 16th March 2021



Nelson’s clock tower will join more than 100 buildings and landmarks across England and Wales by lighting up in purple to celebrate the upcoming census and its importance to communities.

The event is being organised by The Office for National Statistics (ONS) to raise awareness of Census Day which is on Sunday March 21.

Iconic landmarks including the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, BT Tower in London and Blackpool Tower are also signed up for the celebration.

They will light up in the Census 2021 brand colour from Friday March 19 until Sunday March 21 – Census Day.

Councillor Mohammed Iqbal MBE, Leader of Pendle Council, said: “The census is a hugely important survey which happens every 10 years.

“It gives a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales and helps inform the provision of public services throughout the UK, such as how many school places and hospital beds are needed.

“Please take the time to complete the form. Without your input we won’t have a full picture of what we need in Pendle.

“If English isn’t your first language, help is available in many different languages.”

Every household in England and Wales will now be receiving their census letters with unique access codes enabling them to fill in their census online.  

Councillor Iqbal added: “Although Census Day is March 21, you can fill yours in as soon as you receive your letter if you’re confident there will be no change in who usually lives in your household.  

“Paper forms are available for those who need it, plus a range of other support, including translations.”

If you need any help, or would like to request a paper form, you can visit

You can also contact the census support centre, freephone 0800 141 2021, if you can’t find the help you need online.

Pete Benton, ONS Director of Census Operations, commented: “The census is such an important undertaking that helps inform the vital services we all rely on every single day within our communities. 

“We’re shining a (purple!) light on the buildings and landmarks in local areas, highlighting the importance of the census in helping shape the communities we live in.

“We’re thrilled with all the support we’ve received so far and would like to thank Pendle Council for taking part.

“Now is the time for everyone to complete their census and be part of history.”

Nelson’s clock tower will light up in purple on Friday 19 March until Sunday 21 March.

About Census 2021

Everyone benefits from the census. It informs decisions nationally and locally on vital services and issues like diversity. Ultimately it ensures millions of pounds are invested in emergency services, mental health care, school places, hospital beds, houses, roads, GP’s and dentists’ services based on the information people give. We’ve made it easier for people to complete the census online on any device, with help and paper questionnaires for those that need them.

The next census will be held on 21st March 2021 in England and Wales and results will be available the following year. However personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

About the Office for National Statistics (ONS)

The Office for National Statistics produces the numbers that matter most– on the economy and business, people, population and communities. Operating impartially and free of political control, we are mobilising the power of data to help Britain make better decisions and improve lives.