In the past 11 months, as coronavirus took hold, stories about grief, loss and strict lockdown rules have dominated the news.
Although vaccines are now being rolled out, it will be quite some time before life can return to normal, and news stories on the virus and its devastating impact are likely to remain very high on the news agenda.
But this time last year, when Salisbury and most of the country was still unaware of the soon-to-be-declared pandemic, websites, front pages and TV and radio bulletins looked and sounded a lot different.
To take our minds away from Covid, we look back on some of the stories reported by the Journal a year ago today, on February 2 2020.
‘Ambitious’ vision for Salisbury
It’s the beginning of the People Friendly Street saga.
Council leaders unveiled their plans to help Salisbury thrive by “creating people-friendly streets, improving our open spaces, maximising vibrancy, enhancing buildings, and giving the city a ‘clear’ identity”.
As we all know, the low traffic zone scheme turned out to be rather controversial.
It was introduced and scrapped in the space of around four weeks – but it might be back in the future.
Happy birthday Daniel!
A veteran of the Second World War celebrated a special milestone.
Daniel Harrington, a resident at Maristow Nursing Home in Salisbury, celebrated his 100th birthday on January 15 with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, friends and staff at the home.
Daniel was born in Cork, Ireland in 1920 and served in the British Army in Burma during the Second World War.
New Forest MP Desmond Swayne marked the UK’s departure from the EU on January 31 2020 in his weekly column.
Throughout 2020 very little actually changed due to a transition period being in place until December 31 2020.
Tragic love story goes on stage
A year ago today, Salisbury Playhouse was still open, delighting its audiences with unique productions.
In February 2020, the venue welcomed a new adaptation of Federico Lorca’s Blood Wedding by local playwright Barney Norris.
The production was commissioned and produced by Wiltshire Creative and Up In Arms.
The NSPCC’s service centre in Tidworth was awarded funding from the ABF The Soldier’s Charity.
This allowed children aged 11 to 14 at Stonehenge School to join the Military Lunch Club which helps kids develop essential skills to help them cope with problems that are unique to growing up in a military family.