Our photographers captured images of all the important moments of another difficult year in the North East of England
It’s that time of year again when we take a look back at the moments captured by our photographers who documented life during another difficult year in the North East of England.
Much like the tumultuous year before it, 2021 has once again been dominated by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic which continues to have an unprecedented impact across the UK.
The nation continued to demonstrate incredible resilience in the face of adversity, as the year began with a third lockdown, government restrictions on coronaviruses remained in place for several months before the gradual reopening of the premises. hospitality, leisure and retailing, culminating with ‘Freedom Day’ in July when nearly all restrictions ended.
Throughout the year, NHS staff and volunteers implemented the largest vaccination program in its history, with more than 45 million people now fully vaccinated.
2021 will be remembered by Newcastle United fans who celebrated all night long as the long-awaited takeover of the club, backed by Saudi Arabia and led by Amanda Staveley, finally came to fruition, ending the reign of Mike Ashley and marking the start of a new era of football in Tyneside.
The weather grabbed the headlines when the northeast was battered by Storm Arwen, some of the strongest winds in many years caused widespread damage to properties and vehicles and left thousands behind without electricity.
Our photographers captured many other moments in another difficult year, covering everything from football fans staring in agony as England lost on penalties in the Euro 2020 final against the ‘Italy and anti-racist activists kneeling in St James’ Park in solidarity with young players who were racially abused in the same match.
We were there when Sam Fender rocked his hometown, The Great North Run returned, when the moon landed inside Durham Cathedral, when actress Brenda Blethyn was filming Vera’s last series, and and for the annular solar eclipse – here are the 40 best photographs we took in the Northeast in 2021.