19 pictures chronicling a year of Covid-19 in Northumberland

It has been a year of loss, sadness and hardship as the UK has found itself in the grip of Covid-19.

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 3:23 pm
A year of Covid-19 in Northumberland.

That picture has been mirrored in Northumberland but its community spirit has stayed strong throughout.

Here are 19 pictures chronicling the past 12 months in Northumberland.

Alnwick on the first day of lockdown.

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Amble Harbour Village all closed up on the first day of lockdown.
The first lockdown was a terrible period for many care homes but residents at Summerhill Care Home in Alnwick were cheered after receiving pictures and letters from local children.
Toilet rolls were in short supply as shoppers decimated supermarket shelves but Prudhoe-based Essity donated 60,000 loo rolls to Northumberland County Council to be distributed as part of its support delivering emergency parcels for those most at risk from the coronavirus.
Alnwick Town Council employee Ian Richardson picking up food from Morrisons for delivery to the food bank.
A giant sand art message of support to the NHS and key workers hwas drawn on Bamburgh beach by castle maintenance manager Andrew Heeley on his daily exercise while in lockdown.
Piper Andy Grant paraded through South Charlton, near Alnwick, for the Clap for Carers tribute on Thursday nights.
The Alnwick Brewery hit the headlines when it made the decision to let punters have its beer for free in return for a donation to the NHS Charities Together fund - rather than allow it to go bad and pour it down the drain.
Many of us took more interest in the wildlife on our doorstep, with Mark and Sam Hobrough spotting this roe deer near the former Duke’s Middle School.
Warm weather in May coincided with an easing of restrictions and encouraged local residents to head for the beach, including here at Beadnell.
Barter Books in Alnwick reopened in June as the first lockdown came towards a close.
Alnwick's new-look market was finally able to open in June under its new operator.
Communities along the Northumberland coast, such as here at Alnmouth, and in the national park saw a big increase in campervan visitors.
Community volunteers in the Coquet Valley delivered shopping and prescriptions on a weekly basis to the elderly and vulnerable in the Rothbury area.
Pubs, cafes and restaurants such as the Red Lion at Alnmouth were able to welcome customers back in July for the first time in nearly four months.
Alnwick Market Place as the country enters a new lockdown in January 2021.
A socially distanced Christmas lights switch-on in Alnwick.
Former doctor Jimmy Mitchell receives his jab at the Berwick vaccine hub.
Students returned to the classroom after a two month absence in March 2021, including these pupils at Hugh Joicey First School in Ford.