TWO landmarks in Bournemouth and Poole will be lit in purple this weekend to mark the upcoming census.

Bournemouth Pier and Twin Sails Bridge in Poole are taking part in the event to reside awareness of census day on Sunday, March 21.

The survey, which takes place every ten years, gives a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. Census 2021 will give the ONS fresh information to increase its long-term understanding of the impact of the pandemic, and make sure that the services people use meet the needs of our changing society.

Other landmarks taking part across England and Wales include the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, BT Tower and Brixton Town Hall in London, and Blackpool Tower.

The sites will be lit in purple, the Census 2021 brand colour, from Friday, March 19, through to Sunday March 21.

Bournemouth Pier will also have rolling text displayed across its building in support of the census weekend.

Pete Benton, director of census operations, Office for National Statistics, 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 wanted to shine a (purple) light on the buildings and landmarks that matter most to their local areas, highlighting the importance of the census in helping shape the communities we live in.

“We’re thrilled with all the support we have received so far and would like to thank the many buildings and landmarks for their participation. Now is the time for everyone to complete their census and be part of history.”