The Consett Corona Photo Project started in March 2020 and has continued to document the effects of Covid-19 upon the people, volunteer groups and businesses in the Consett area. All images have been photographed within the Government guidelines.

If you wish to be part of the project or have suggestions, please contact us at: consettcoronaphoto@gmail.com

The intention is to host an exhibition or series of exhibitions in the area once restrictions are relaxed and it is safe to do so. Prior to this we will publish selected images on our FB page – https://www.facebook.com/ConsettCoronaPhotoProject

1. Elddis Transport – Key workers come in all forms, these are some of the drivers from Elddis Transport, but the post is to honour all drivers. Without them we wouldn't have full shelves at the supermarket, factories wouldn't have raw materials to manufacture and most of all we wouldn't have had the Toilet Paper that a lot of people panic bought at the start of the first Lockdown. (Image: George Ledger)
1. Elddis Transport – Key workers come in all forms, these are some of the drivers from Elddis Transport, but the post is to honour all drivers. Without them we wouldn’t have full shelves at the supermarket, factories wouldn’t have raw materials to manufacture and most of all we wouldn’t have had the Toilet Paper that a lot of people panic bought at the start of the first Lockdown. (Image: George Ledger)
2. Gralands - I'm sure many of us, during these longer periods at home, have thought, "I need to do something with that shelf" or " I wonder if I can do some sort of DIY project to fill the time". Fortunately for such people the DIY shops have been able to remain open but with certain restrictions on moving about the shop. Gralands is one such shop, and like a lot of businesses have increased their on-line business too. The shop has been adapted according to Covid-19 guidelines, the photo shows Chris standing behind a screen, amongst the 1000's of items they have on offer. (Image: Chris Bruce)
2. Gralands – I’m sure many of us, during these longer periods at home, have thought, “I need to do something with that shelf” or ” I wonder if I can do some sort of DIY project to fill the time”. Fortunately for such people the DIY shops have been able to remain open but with certain restrictions on moving about the shop. Gralands is one such shop, and like a lot of businesses have increased their on-line business too. The shop has been adapted according to Covid-19 guidelines, the photo shows Chris standing behind a screen, amongst the 1000’s of items they have on offer. (Image: Chris Bruce)
3. Newcastle Building Society - Chris Moon has worked at Newcastle Building Society throughout lockdown. He has travelled every day using public transport as he does not drive. His branch has stringent Covid-19 rules including limited customers inside and marks on the floor to show people where to stand and adhere to social distance measures. (Image: Debbie Todd)
3. Newcastle Building Society – Chris Moon has worked at Newcastle Building Society throughout lockdown. He has travelled every day using public transport as he does not drive. His branch has stringent Covid-19 rules including limited customers inside and marks on the floor to show people where to stand and adhere to social distance measures. (Image: Debbie Todd)
4. Go North East - Public transport is an essential means of travel and even during the 3 lockdowns people have been able to travel on our buses for work, volunteering, essential activity, education, childcare, medical reasons, maternity, compassionate visits etc etc etc. However, whatever the reason passengers should wear face coverings, stay 2 metres apart and follow all the other COVID-19 restrictions as far as possible. Bus companies have to follow guidelines to keep passengers and staff safe. These guidelines include providing hand sanitisers and cleaning all buses regularly and deep cleaning them daily. (Image: George Ledger)
4. Go North East – Public transport is an essential means of travel and even during the 3 lockdowns people have been able to travel on our buses for work, volunteering, essential activity, education, childcare, medical reasons, maternity, compassionate visits etc etc etc. However, whatever the reason passengers should wear face coverings, stay 2 metres apart and follow all the other COVID-19 restrictions as far as possible. Bus companies have to follow guidelines to keep passengers and staff safe. These guidelines include providing hand sanitisers and cleaning all buses regularly and deep cleaning them daily.
(Image: George Ledger)(Photo by George Ledger Photography)
5. Neil Pears – Food establishments have had to adapt as guidelines and tier systems changed. Neil has continued to produce and deliver delicious freshly made food throughout the pandemic from his kitchen based at Prospect House in Leadgate. Meals are available for collection or delivery. (Image: Steve Webb)
5. Neil Pears – Food establishments have had to adapt as guidelines and tier systems changed. Neil has continued to produce and deliver delicious freshly made food throughout the pandemic from his kitchen based at Prospect House in Leadgate. Meals are available for collection or delivery. (Image: Steve Webb)
6. Specsavers – Opticians have been able to remain open during the Pandemic as they are classed as essential healthcare. People can travel for eye tests, but if they are unable to leave home unaccompanied for the eye test, they can request a home visit instead. Opticians have put numerous safety measures in place, including restrictions on the number of customers allowed in the store at any one-time, social distancing, and cashless payments, where possible. Staff are using personal protective equipment (PPE) and everything is thoroughly sanitised. (Image: George Ledger)
6. Specsavers – Opticians have been able to remain open during the Pandemic as they are classed as essential healthcare. People can travel for eye tests, but if they are unable to leave home unaccompanied for the eye test, they can request a home visit instead. Opticians have put numerous safety measures in place, including restrictions on the number of customers allowed in the store at any one-time, social distancing, and cashless payments, where possible. Staff are
using personal protective equipment (PPE) and everything is thoroughly sanitised.
(Image: George Ledger)(Photo by George Ledger Photography)
7. Glenroyd House Food Bank - The volunteers from the Food4U foodbank have been keeping families supplied with food throughout these difficult times. They supply a box of essential items to families who have been referred to them by community groups, churches and schools. The food box is meant to last for five days. The food is donated by companies, churches, charities and individuals. They have a lot of food on their shelves and are very keen to give it away. (Image: Chris Bruce)
7. Glenroyd House Food Bank – The volunteers from the Food4U foodbank have been keeping families supplied with food throughout these difficult times. They supply a box of essential items to families who have been referred to them by community groups, churches and schools. The food box is meant to last for five days. The food is donated by companies, churches, charities and individuals. They have a lot of food on their shelves and are very keen to give it away.
(Image: Chris Bruce)
8. Derwentside Funeral Services – Often forgotten and rarely talked about, funeral directors have been working under immense pressure due to the extra demands caused by Covid-19. Bookings were up more than 50% compared to a normal year. Restrictions for funerals have placed extra demands on staff and families to create smaller, personalised and more meaningful services. Under the Government Roadmap there are no immediate changes to the number of people permitted to attend a funeral – although, this may change in the future. (Image: George Ledger)
8. Derwentside Funeral Services – Often forgotten and rarely talked about, funeral directors have been working under immense pressure due to the extra demands caused by Covid-19. Bookings were up more than 50% compared to a normal year. Restrictions for funerals have placed extra demands on staff and families to create smaller, personalised and more meaningful services. Under the Government Roadmap there are no immediate changes to the number of people permitted to attend a funeral – although, this may change in the future.
(Image: George Ledger)(Photo by George Ledger Photography)

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