Nine of our front pages show how Covid changed Hartlepool over the past year

It’s been a year since the first Covid lockdown began in the UK.

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 2:55 pm
Updated Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 3:03 pm
Remembering how the past year of the Covid crisis has hit Hartlepool.

And Hartlepool, like the rest of the country, has been in restrictions of one kind or another ever since.

Here are nine front-page stories summarising the unprecedented times we’ve lived through.

From April 2 - residents were asked to all play their parts in obeying restrictions.

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From April 3. Coronavirus aid packages were paid out to 685 firms.
From May 7. Ahead of the VE Day bank holiday weekend, there was an appeal to stay safe.
From June 15. With lockdown measures easing, people were reminded to remain cautious.
From June 16. Non-essential retailers reopened with social distancing measures in place.
From July 23. John Davison, 79, beat coronavirus after a three-and-a-half-month battle.
From October 12. Our Big Conversation survey found that 40% of residents were visiting the town centre a lot less.
From November 13. People were reminded to take the virus seriously.
From December 14 - vaccinations began with a warning that it would be a long time before they could reach everyone.