'Not all heroes wear capes' - Meet some of Northumberland's pandemic heroes as chosen by Gazette readers
One year has passed since Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the first national lockdown in England due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 12 months since that date – March 23, 2020 – have been difficult for all of us in so many ways.
So today, as we reflect on a year like no other, we wanted to shine a light on the special people who have helped you through the pandemic, and all it has thrown at us.
Northumberland Gazette readers have been nominating the wonderful souls who have had their back on the dark days.
Here are some of your pandemic heroes, and the stories you told about them on our Facebook page:
Sharon Crisp: “My neighbours Carolyn Davison and her husband Roy. Absolutely amazing people who have been our rocks throughout the last year.”
Kirsty Athey: “My son! His positive approach to home schooling, not seeing his friends and family, missing out on his football and socialising. We’ve made memories this year that we will keep forever.
"For 10/11 years old he has been amazing and even looked after me when I was hit with the Covid virus in March last year. He’s my lockdown superstar!”
Angela Henderson: “My son John Henderson who did everything for his ailing father and is now doing everything for me, as well as looking after his large family.”
Avril Watts: “Proud of my family helping others as well as looking after me and Dave.”
Marcia Monnelly: “My amazing work colleague Deborah Renshaw. Couldn’t have coped without her and my supporting husband and family too.”
Devonn Leigh Wilce: “The birth of my baby girl in April 2020 and my partner Adam Gattens I wouldn’t have got through labour or this lockdown without him and then my baby girl came along in the very first peak.”
Christine Blacklock: “Thank goodness for our neighbours in Blyth, for the shopping, the support, the laughs. Helen Brown and Jason, Graham Connell and Ashleigh, Lynn and Terry, Judith Cook and Colin.”
Rebecca Lambert: “My amazing partner for being with the kids while I went to work. Homeschooling three of them some days. Not all heroes wear capes.”