‘The land that time forgot’: months of lockdown grate in northern England

A sense of injustice burns in towns and boroughs subjected to lengthy local coronavirus restrictions

Donna Burrell sits in her darkened restaurant. There are no customers today and there will be none for the rest of the week.

Normally, Salotto, the Italian restaurant which sits at the heart of her thriving co-operative business in Bolton that also houses a bridal boutique and furniture store, would be a hive of activity. There would be the sounds of chatting, the hum of the espresso machine and the clinking of champagne glasses as brides celebrated buying their dream dress. But this Thursday afternoon there is just silence.

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