With no travel and the stay at home restrictions, it gave people the chance to truly appreciate what’s on their doorsteps, from uncovering hidden corners of Sunderland to exploring parks we’d never had the chance to appreciate when stuck in the 9-5 of the rat race.
To mark a year since Lockdown was announced, on March 23, 2020, we’ve rounded up some of the photos shared with us on our Instagram account of people’s daily walks and activities.
1. Sunrise and sunsets
For many people, not having to tackle the long commute everyday gave them a chance to get out and appreciate sunsets and sunrises in Sunderland in a way they never had before. Charlie Müller captured this atmospheric shot of the monolith at Roker one perfect morning. It proved so popular he turned it into a print. You can follow his photography @charliepasquali
Photo: Charlie Müller
2. Hidden gems
Lockdown gave us the chance to explore some hidden gems on our doorstep that are away from the busier beaches. Victoria Viaduct in Fatfield is not the most well-known of Wear crossings, but it's no less spectacular. A feat of Victorian engineering, it was completed on June 28, 1838, the date of the coronation of Queen Victoria; hence its name. It's captured in all its glory here by Angela Jane. You can follow her on Instagram @19_ajh_19
Photo: Angela Jane
3. The Great Outdoors
For some, Lockdown was the chance to take the plunge and try something new - like open water swimming. This shot by Nia Hurst shows the Wild Sea Women group ahead of an early morning swim in Seaburn.
Photo: Nia Hurst
4. River walks
The quiet riverside paths proved ideal for daily walks, with many people tagging us in their photos of Sunderland's newest landmark, The Northern Spire. It's photographed in beautiful light here by Michael Walker, you can follow him @michaelw4lker for shots of the city.
Photo: Michael Walker