Without a doubt, it’s been an eventful year. Here is a selection of my photos that didn’t make the cut. Plus a few reminders of some of the news at the time.
“There is no threat to the Erasmus scheme, UK students will continue to be able to enjoy the benefits of exchanges with our European friends and partners.” – Boris Johnson.
The World Health Organization declares a world pandemic.
“‘Bung a bob’ for a Big Ben Brexit bong.” – Boris Johnson.
A British businessman in Brighton was the first to be diagnosed with coronavirus after catching it in Singapore.
Cheltenham Races goes ahead.
“We have a simple message to all countries – test, test, test,” Director-General of the WHO.
Mass community testing ended.
“We can turn the tide within the next 12 weeks and I’m absolutely confident that we can send coronavirus packing in this country but only if we take the steps — we all take the steps — that we have outlined.” – Boris Johnson.
We are told that we “must” stay at home and certain businesses must close. Lockdown had begun.
Dominic Cummings pops up to Barnard Castle for an eye test.
Matt Hancock sets a target of carrying out 100,000 tests a day by the end of the month
Captain Tom Moore walks 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday.
“We will have a test, track and trace operation that will be world-beating, and yes, it will be in place – it will be in place by June 1.” – Boris Johnson.
Johnson told MPs that maintaining the visa surcharge for overseas health care staff was “the right thing to do”.
Clap for Our Carers.
Priti Patel announced plans for a blanket 14-day quarantine for all travellers to Britain, to come into force in June.
The killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Boris Johnson urges people to “shop, and shop with confidence”, but it was not necessary to make face coverings mandatory in shops.
The Rees-Mogg Conga.
Edward Colston ends up in Bristol Harbour.
Gavin Williamson abandoned plans to fully reopen primary schools for all pupils before the summer holidays.
Marcus Rashford’s free school meals campaign.
The world-beating coronavirus app postponed so that Google and Apple could overhaul it with their own technology.
To be continued …
No map today, I guess by now most of you will know where Roseberry Topping is. Taken this morning after a thin overnight snowfall.