A sign of the times - Stroud stays strong as businesses reach out to their community
By Andrew Merrell | 23rd March 2020
We wanted to run these pictures not to kick us all while we're down, but because we think they speaks volumes for where we all are - and to reflect the great spirit within Gloucestershire.
Yes, most speak of closed businesses, businesses pivoting like ballet dancers to stay alive, or withdrawing into what they hope is hiberanation, but as the photoghrapher who took the Stroud images said, there is a strong sense of community going on here, a wilingness to reach out, to stand together, a sense of being 'in it together'.
So in a strange kind of way - while these images are doubedged - we see them as something of a celebration of that spirit and determination to win out, and that all-important acknowledgement that we are all in this crisis together.
This may mark a moment in history never before told, but it shows our desire to keep communicating with - allbeit on-line, via phone, social media or through some good old fashioned hand-written personal notes on shop windows to people we value - our community.
Simon Pizzey, the freelance photographer from the Five Valleys who took these images, said: "I think together these pictures speak volumes. There is something really positive about the willingness to reach out and keep ne another informed. I was struck by the good wishes and sense that we will all get through this."
We here at Punchline salute you all - wherever you are in Gloucestershire - and with everyone all the very best. And let's stick together and keep communicating.
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