At the outbreak of the coronavirus in March, 2020, a learned friend of mine opined that ‘the world will never be the same again’. When lockdown began and we were only allowed out once per day, for the purpose of exercise, I began employing this time to use my mobile phone to photograph sights which had never been seen before in Settle. The most outstanding photo I took showed Settle Market Place with not a person or vehicle to be seen. Having lived here for 35 years I had never witnessed this before, and am convinced that I never will again. Whether or not the world will ever be the same again remains to be seen, but surely a reoccurrence of this particular sight will never be.
I then observed that several of the shops and business premises had started to use their windows to display beautifully painted messages of hope and reassurance. One in particular showed the saying ‘In the rush to return to normal let’s use this time to consider which parts of normal are worth rushing back to’, which I found to be thought-provoking. Others thanked the NHS for all their work. May 8th saw the 75th anniversary of the ending of the war in Europe and all the countrywide plans to commemorate this event had to be cancelled. It was good to see, therefore, the windows of one shop displaying words reflecting feelings at that time.