With just over a week to go before the next stage of lockdown restrictions are eased and shops and non essential retailers begin to open their doors, my wife and I decided that we would take a morning drive into central Manchester to take a look around before the crowds return.
We wandered around for couple of hours and it was good to enjoy the relative strangeness and the relative peace of a pretty empty city centre. It was enjoyable in a different sort of a way to walk around our home city and to enjoy Manchester city centre on the road out of lockdown
Given the circumstances…
Over a year after the first national lockdown it’s hard to imagine there is anybody who hasn’t been impacted one way or another by the virus and the way that national and local government have faced up to and then dealt with its implications.
Although it feels like there’s a long way to go, and that some things will never quite be the, same life really does carry on. I suppose it’s fair to say that given the difficult and trying circumstances Manchester and it’s citizens have done pretty well really.
The photographs in the gallery below are just a moment in time. Literally a snapshot of the city centre taken on a cold April morning, just a few days before we begin to move away from the current level of restrictions.
The pictures don’t have explanations, they don’t need them, and they all share the same caption – Manchester April 2021
Clicking on any of the pictures below will open a gallery that you can click or scroll through.