2020 - the year Torbay came Together
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Well, that was the year that was!
2020 – and we - will go down in history for the Coronavirus pandemic that brought the world to its knees.
As we stood in the ballroom of the Abbey Sands Hotel in Torquay to announce the launch of the Torbay Weekly back in March, little did we know that that very same hotel was to close just a few days later as the first Lockdown was ordered.
It is still to open today as business in the Bay has taken a battering – with a staggering £200 million lost in our tourism and hospitality sector alone.
But something remarkable has emerged from this crisis. Torbay was a close-knit community before, but Covid has brought us even closer together like never before.
As you can see from our front pages over the months, we all became good neighbours to look out for each other. Helplines and volunteers made sure our most vulnerable residents were cared for.
Fund-raising events were held, food banks set up and unbelievable acts of human kindness were all around us.
- 1 Relentless from Torquay United
- 2 Concluding the debate about diesel v petrol v electric cars
- 3 For our 'rock' as much as anybody, everything is crossed for promotion
- 4 Royal Mail set to drop objection to Crossways redevelopment
- 5 Picture special: Memories of visits to Torbay and South Devon
- 6 Chance to have your say on power giants' massive investment plans
- 7 Rowers - and Mr Portillo - in bid to go round world in 80 days and raise money for Rowcroft
- 8 Plans unveiled to demolish Torquay Debenhams store
- 9 Woking 0 Torquay United 2
- 10 Prince Philip's final resting place will be in tiny chapel
Then there were the never-to-forgotten amazing acts of courage and bravery. We saluted Our Heroes battling against the invisible killer on the NHS front line alongside the emergency services and other key workers.
People who had lost loved ones opened their hearts to encourage others to follow the rules.
The public, private and community sectors joined forces to keep our Bay going. Millions of pounds of private and government investment were still ploughed into the English Riviera.
Recovery plans are being drawn up and with the vaccine we can all see a slight glimmer of light at the end of what has been a long-dark tunnel.
There is still a way to go yet as the past few days have shown. But we can get through this. Together. Torbay Together