Residents urged to keep going to protect each other in heartfelt thank you message

A NEW video issuing a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to people across Barrow for all they have done to keep each other safe during the global Covid-19 pandemic - but which urges them to keep going - has been launched.

The short film was premiered on Barrow Borough Council’s social media channels yesterday following one of the most difficult years the area has ever faced.

It features a range of people from across the community and is part of #WeAreBarrow, a campaign to acknowledge the special strengths, determination and community spirit the borough is renowned for.

Barrow Borough Council’s leader, Councillor Ann Thomson, said: “I’m thankful to everyone for sticking to the rules to protect each other throughout the pandemic. 

“I have always been so proud to live in Barrow and of the way our residents, communities and businesses pull together when times are tough.

“However, we’ve never had a greater need for all of those qualities than right now. 

“With Christmas upon us, it’s a difficult time of year, particularly when we’ve been apart from family and friends for so long. But we absolutely must keep going so we can get things back to normal as quickly as possible.”

Cumbria remains in Tier 2 and is deemed high risk by the government. The number of infections in many parts of the county continues to rise.

People in Tier 2 areas can form a bubble with a maximum of two other households on Christmas Day only. 

The #WeAreBarrow video features Alfie Callison, the head boy at Dalton St Mary’s School, Lynne Dack, a matron at Furness General Hospital, Paul James Blezard of Chips Computers in Barrow Market, professional football coach and former Barrow AFC striker Jason Walker as well as Councillor Thomson.

Residents, businesses and local organisations are asked to share the film on their own social media accounts to help the message reach as many people as possible.

Cllr Thomson added: “2020 has been a difficult year in so many ways for all of us. 

“We’ve had to make sacrifices to keep each other safe from coronavirus and to help protect our NHS and those most vulnerable in our neighbourhoods. 

“Please do everything you can in the fight against this disease - actions like handwashing, social distancing and wearing a mask are essential.

“Let’s continue to unite against Covid-19 so 2021 is a better year for everyone.”