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From hugs to the pub: What people in Newcastle are most looking forward to when lockdown is over

From being reunited with family to enjoying a pint in the pub, this is what Geordies are most looking forward to once coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

Boris Johnson announced his roadmap out of lockdown on Monday, giving people hope of returning to life without restrictions.

He announced that all restrictions could be lifted on June 21 as he unveiled a four stage plan to ease the country back to normality.

And with an end date in sight, people on Newcastle’s Quayside shared what they’re most looking forward.

Andy Carlisle said: “I can’t wait to cuddle my granddaughter.

“I see her over FaceTime, but I can’t wait to hug her and feel like a proper human again.”

The 58-year-old plans to visit is two-year-old granddaughter, who lives in Bristol, once travel is permitted.

He added: “Just being able to travel to another part of the country or go to the pub for a pint, it’s those little things I’m looking forward to.

“I feel positive that maybe life is starting to open back up.”

Rachel Burns, 27, can’t wait for stage four of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, which allows weddings to take place with no limits.

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Rachel, from Gateshead, has had to rearrange her wedding twice as a result of coronavirus restrictions and hopes she will finally be able to enjoy her dream day in July.

She said: “My wedding day was originally booked for February 2020, but when it seemed inevitable there would be restrictions we postponed it until April.

“We had everything sorted and it’s been so stressful so I hope the wedding can finally go ahead in July.”

Newcastle University student Sean Simpson is looking forward to fulfilling his dream of studying abroad for a year in Rotterdam, Holland.

The 20-year-old’s placement last year was accepted and then later cancelled on the same day due to coronavirus restrictions.

But he is holding onto the hope that he can complete his placement this year when travel is permitted in stage three of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, which will be actioned no earlier than May 17.

Sean said: “I will be happy if I do get the chance to do my year abroad this year. That’s something I could look forward to.”

He added: “I think lockdown has been a nightmare for students and I think they will just be happy about going out.”

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Megan Easby, a first year marine engineering student at Newcastle University, echoes Sean’s views.

The 20-year-old said: “I think people will definitely be looking forward to getting out to pubs and bars and once they open they’ll probably be really busy.”

Susan Dunn, 45, is looking forward to visiting friends and family in their homes.

She said: “When we’re allowed into someone else’s home again I think it will probably feel weird, but I can’t wait to sit in someone else’s lounge and have a cup of tea.

“It’s the simple things in life that you miss that we would have taken for granted before.”

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