After Vinter’s tweet, the hashtag #lastnormalphoto began trending on Twitter, with people from across the globe posting the last picture they took before the lockdown. This month marks one-year of lockdown almost everywhere around the globe.
On Tuesday 23rd, the UK marked one year since the first coronavirus lockdown with a national minute's silence and a number of memorial services. On 23 March 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced tough restrictions on people's lives, aimed at stopping the spread of Covid-19.
"I urge you at this moment of national emergency to stay at home, protect our NHS and save lives," Johnson told the nation, as many of us expected that it would only last a couple of months at most.
As the country marks a milestone of one year since lockdown began in the UK, people have been using social media to share the last “normal” photo they took before having to hunker down last year.
On Twitter, the hashtag #LastNormalPhoto offered a flashback to the final moments of normality before national restrictions came into place, with people remembering sporting events, pub lunches, and casual meetings with family and friends.
The Queen reflected on the "grief and loss felt by so many" and sent a bouquet to St Bartholomew's Hospital in London, as part of a national day of reflection.
Several UK landmarks lit up in yellow to create a "beacon of remembrance" after dark, while people around the country held phones, torches, and candles on their doorsteps in tribute to victims. The gesture was organized by end-of-life charity Marie Curie.
People across the UK have taken part in a minute’s silence to remember Covid-19 victims, marking one year since the first lockdown began.
The Prime Minister, who has offered his “sincere condolences to those who have lost loved ones”, observed the silence privately.
In London, attractions including The London Eye and Tate Britain will be lit in yellow on Tuesday evening to mark the occasion.
Vinter’s simple tweet received almost 8,000 replies from around the world, revealing people’s desire for a glimpse of life before lockdown. The hashtag #lastnormalphoto began trending this weekend, with people posting the last picture they took before the lockdown measures brought normal life to an end in March.
Inspired by this BBC piece, I would like to see the last normal pic on your phone https://t.co/F5rIv9GBe4— Robyn Vinter (@RobynVinter) May 16, 2020
When nobody had heard the phrase ‘social distancing’. pic.twitter.com/IEbRsz2nxd— James Varley (@jvarleyqatar) May 16, 2020
Some people reflected on good times at pictures range from mundane snapshots of life, such as parents and children embarking on their final school run before classrooms were closed, to more joyous occasions including birthday parties with people hugging and chatting in groups – with barely 2cm between them let alone 2 meters – before lockdown made physical distancing mandatory.
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