One of the few positives taken from the coronavirus lockdowns has been a focus on the environment and a recognition of how our actions impact on climate change, writes Jemima Parker, chair of Zero-Carbon Harrogate.
Coronavirus restrictions have been brutal on Harrogate’s hospitality sector. Marik Scatchard, the landlord of Christies Bar on Kings Road, explains what it has been like running one of the town’s most popular pubs.
In the latest in our series of personal reflections, Peter Banks, managing director of Rudding Park, takes us through the radical changes of his year, from closing down in March to finding a way to mark New Year’s Eve with guests.
The challenges of 2020 were faced by young people, too, including year 13 student Matt Roberts. Harrogate Grammar School’s head student, studying photography, economics and English language, reflects on his experiences in the last year.
Peter Cookson, owner of Spears Travel in Boroughbridge, reflects on the way the covid pandemic undermined the business he had spent 30 years building up – and looks forward to the start of a new year.
Tim Waring was on a skiing trip when it suddenly dawned on him that the coronavirus pandemic would hit the world hard – and the impact on his business would be enormous.
Richard Webb, director of health and adult services for North Yorkshire County Council, led the authority’s covid response through the year. He tells the Stray Ferret he has not forgotten those lost to the coronavirus pandemic.
Former Harrogate Ladies’ College student India Taylor, 19, was one of those caught up in the A level results fiasco in the summer. Throughout this year, she has learnt to expect the unexpected,
Susie Little set up the Facebook group Covid Co-Operation, Harrogate, as the first lockdown began, and has spent the year co-ordinating community support in all sorts of ways. She tells the Stray Ferret about the insight that has given her into the realities of people’s lives.
The Chandler family took over the Spar Shop in Pateley Bridge in 2016 and as 2021 approaches, they hope to put a year of floods and pandemic behind them.
As CEO of Harrogate Neighbours Housing Association, Sue Cawthray has led her team of carers through the toughest year of their professional lives.
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