It has been a staggering month or so.
As the New Year started, I was in the final planning stage of delivering some large-scale Tours over the V.E. Day weekend in early May. I was involved in organising an inter-generational lunch to bring together people who lived through the Second World War and young school pupils who are our future. I was testing new content to be included in this year’s Tours. New professional marketing was almost completed.
Now, I’m into the fourth week of adhering to Scientific and Medical advice and doing my bit to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 virus by staying indoors unless absolutely necessary.
I am in awe of the work done by a huge range of key workers who are looking after our welfare. Health workers, public servants, post & parcel delivery staff, retail workers, transportation personnel, and many others.
Like most of the travel, tourism and hospitality sector, I have not been able to operate during the lockdown. Disappointing as this is, I understand that protecting lives comes first. The least we can do is act selflessly to ensure the safety of our fellow citizens during this unprecedented period.
I have put some of the enforced hometime to good use. I have discovered more information of activities that took place in Carrickfergus during the Second World War, and intend to include this in the Tour, whenever I am able to re-start offering them.
As I sit here at the keyboard, I have no idea how soon it will be before my Tour can re-commence. Realistically, it may be well into the summer, or maybe even beyond.
In the meantime, I’ll keep digging for more to add to the Tour. If you have any information that you think I could include, please get in touch. Similarly, if you have any questions, give me a shout.
Most importantly of all: Stay at Home, protect the Health & Social Services, Save Lives.