12 photos that show how Northumberland has fared over 50 days of lockdown

When Prime Minister Boris Johnson put the country in lockdown on March 23, our lives changed in an instant.

Tuesday, 12th May 2020, 12:50 pm
Updated Sunday, 17th May 2020, 11:51 am
We've reached the 50th day of lockdown.

It might feel like the coronavirus crisis has put the whole world on pause – but, even in days like these, life continues.

There’s no doubt the landscape of Northumberland has been changed in that time – sometimes wouldn't know it when you look at some of our beauty spots. But casual trips to the shops or for a quick pint, are, for now, a memory.

However this is only part of the story - as our dozen picture show.

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One thing that has brought Northumberland, and indeed the entire country, together during the coronavirus crisis is its respect for the NHS and our key workers.
People have been doing their best to keep exercising during lockdown and they could do worse than look to these three Alnwick siblings as an example. Jack and Sam Chrisp have raised £5,500 by running and rowing a marathon every day this week, a total of 263 miles, with sister Libby joining in for 10k a day, and a marathon on the final day. The money they've raised will be split between the NSPCC and the High Sheriff of Northumberland’s Fund.
John Lewis has started making about 8,000 washable, clinical gowns for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, at a site in Lancashire.
Their traditional purposes might be to frighten off birds, but now scarecrows are bringing messages of hope!
Alnwick Castle has been flying the NHS flag, but swapped it for the Union Flag for VE Day.
As well as the weekly Clap for our Carers event, people have been showing their support for the NHS by decorating the exteriors of their homes. This sign was made from pallets and illuminated with Christmas lights.
Even a pandemic can't extinguish romance! Emma Carr and David Watson had their wedding cancelled due to the crisis, but they decided not to let that ruin the day, and staged our own wedding in the garden.
To look at this gorgeous sunrise at Seahouses, it could be just another day.
This photo from Dawn Elizabeth Tate shows how young sisters Sophie and Paige have been decorating their window in Felton with pictures and jokes to make the neighbours smile.
A socially-distanced party at Priory Park Street Amble allowed residents to celebrate VE Day alongside their neighbours. This party was hosted by Rod and Judith Hardisty.
Joanne Phillips sent us this photo, adding: "This is my son’s thank you to the NHS he’s just a bit concerned that no one will see this little ray of sunshine as we live in the middle of nowhere!"
This still comes from a video shared with us by Stephen Harper, who spotted these words of encouragement and happiness around Northburn, Cramlington.