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Candles and collages: Regional press marks a year since first lockdown

Candles, special reports and collages adorned the front pages of regional dailies this morning as the industry marked a year since the first coronavirus lockdown.

Titles across the regional press have splashed on the anniversary today, which has been designated a National Day of Reflection.

People across the country are being invited to light a candle at 8pm tonight in memory of those who have died in the last 12 months.

Blackpool daily The Gazette was among the newspapers to run with the image of a lit candle on its front page this morning.

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The Manchester Evening News, which earlier this month commemorated the anniversary of its patch’s first Covid-19 death, has run a special report looking at why the North-West of England has the UK’s highest death rate.


In Portsmouth, The News urged its readers to “pause for thought” with a front page featuring a collage of 100 of its previous pandemic-related splashes.

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The Hull Daily Mail opted to use an image of a face mask, now a ubiquitous sight, to portray how life has changed in the past year.

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And the Northern Echo ran a special five-page report to remember those lost.

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