Not since World War 2 have the people faced anything like this Lockdown in Ashton under Lyne. For the first time in 75 years the people have had their freedom curtailed by a British Government. As the PM said as he made his recent statement to the UK, “no Prime Minister wants to enact measures like this”. But the simple truth is, he was left with no choice as so many people ignored the pleas from the Government on Social Distancing. Even though these measures are now in place and we have lockdown in Ashton under Lyne, some are still ignoring it.
As I walked my dog recently for his and my daily exercise, we came across a gathering of ten or more young people on the track we follow. I have to say I was completely shocked at this blatant disregard for the safety and the good health of the local population. So maybe in the end the measures from Her Majesty’s Government will have to be ramped up even further to ensure that we diminish the spread of Covid-19. So this lockdown in Ashton under Lyne and across the wider world can be reduced to the absolute minimum required. The following Blog compares what is happening today with the generations that faced the terrors of World War 2 here in Ashton.