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As the country looks back on one full year of lockdowns, people have been sharing their last photo before restrictions were brought in.
Lockdown was first introduced this time last year, with nobody really expecting what we were about to experience.
Twitter users have been using the hashtag #lastnormalphoto to share their pictures. Unsurprisingly, they show lots of large crowds, hugs, sit-down meals and pints in the pub.
My #lastnormalphoto is more of a last normal day when I went to see Birds of Prey and had Vegan Katsu at Wagamamas. Little did I know, a month later, I'd be spending the next year (and more) in isolation. pic.twitter.com/zaFINiRC4e
- Lewie F'N Kong (@Lewie_Kong) March 23, 2021
#lastnormalphoto taken 2 days before first lockdown. Sharing platter with me and dad at our local pub. It was also last time I went to my local in pre Covid. pic.twitter.com/B5g4MIYwNC
- Ian Staffy Taylor (@hopwas2010) March 23, 2021
#lastnormalphoto from the end of February last year. View from @CuradoBar of the @WelshRugbyUnion turning up for a game. Remember this @L_Hugz? I do miss our lunch dates!
(I had a chest infection 2 weeks before Lockdown so didn't do anything!) pic.twitter.com/HcZOBJiieo
- Helen Carless (@HelenCarless) March 23, 2021
Oakwell Stadium, Barnsley vs Cardiff City, 7th March 2020 #lastnormalphoto pic.twitter.com/0LL5wgR0bV
- Hip Hop Money Ball (@The_Vman_v2) March 22, 2021
Back on 23 March 2020, the Covid-19 death toll stood at 364; now, it's officially reached 126,172.
Announcing the first lockdown in an address to the nation, Boris Johnson said: "Each and every one of us is now obliged to join together, to halt the spread of this disease, to protect our NHS and to save many, many thousands of lives.
"And I know that as they have in the past so many times, the people of this country will rise to that challenge, and we will come through it stronger than ever.
"We will beat the coronavirus and we will beat it together."
But he, like most others, underestimated how deadly and enduring the disease would prove to be, to the point that we are once again in lockdown, a year on.
To mark the day, a minute's silence was held at midday today, and people are being encouraged to stand on their doorsteps at 8pm tonight, and hold torches and candles to symbolise a 'beacon of remembrance'.
Landmarks such as the London Eye, Wembley Stadium, Cardiff Castle and Belfast City Hall will be illuminated in yellow, while churches will toll bells.
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