15th June 2020: Non-essential Shops Reopen

Lockdown Diary Katie Oborn June 15th 2020 Non-essential Shops re-open Plymouth city centre, the independent quarter and indoor market, the barbican shops and galleries re-opened on June 15th.  These shops have been closed for nearly three months since the coronavirus...

Teats Hill Beach Clean-Up

Lockdown Diary Katie Oborn Teats Hill Beach Clean-up As Lockdown Eases As the nation enters the thirteenth week of lockdown, measures to protect the public are still in place to a certain extent, yet as the virus apparently recedes in the UK, lockdown has been eased...

Community is key

Lockdown Diary Katie Oborn Over the weeks of lockdown I’ve been speaking to Plymouth volunteer group Clean Our Patch. Started up as a litter picking initiative two years ago by El Clarke and Ashleigh Samuels, they’ve adapted their services during coronavirus to help...

Two months, two metres

Lockdown Diary Katie Oborn Rainbow paintings in windows to thank the NHS have faded in the relentless sunshine. Two months since lockdown began and recent weeks have seen some measures slightly eased, though there are reminders everywhere to stay apart from other...

Lockdown days: A Poem

Lockdown Diary Katie Oborn Way before dawn the robin sings, no other sound around. Imagine times gone by, decades before cars. Cornflower skies rise, echoes of blackbird song as light pervades. An hour’s walk at quiet time, down to a shore where Orange-Tips and...