It has been more than 300 days since the first national lockdown - this is what Derbyshire Times readers say has brought them happiness during that time

We asked our readers what memories stood out to them from the past 10 months, during which time England has been placed into three national lockdowns.

By Laura Andrew
Monday, 18th January 2021, 1:50 pm

Sunday (January 17) marked 300 days since the first national lockdown, which came in to force on March 23, 2020.

We asked our readers to share the most memorable moments of the past 10 months with us.

New mum Sarah Louise Shum said: “Having my beautiful girl on the June 21.“It was a very hard labour without her daddy being able to see her born due to Covid-19 but it was all worth it.”Sian-Louise Barnett said: “Having my baby boy back in April.”I can not thank Lauren Frances enough still to this day for helping me through every minute while Dad, Luke wasn't there due to covid restrictions, but luckily enough he was there for the birth.”

New babies were a stand out memory for many of our readers.

Alex Elam also became a new parent, she said: “Our beautiful boy being born and becoming a family of five.

“And my husband passing his driving test so I don’t have to drive everywhere!”

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Many readers commented on the joy of being able to see family after a long period of time.

Alex Elam was thrilled to give birth to this bundle of joy in 2020.

Sandra Jean Mellor, said: “I feel lucky to have worked throughout this pandemic.“I’m thankful for my work colleagues who have all played their part in getting me through.“Biggest moment when the government announced that if you lived alone you could form a bubble with another household, that feeling of happiness being able to see my daughter and give her a hug will live with me for the rest of my life.”

People passed big milestones despite the world coming to a stop.

Matt Atkins said: “Passing my driving test was a big one, it's important to look at the positive things that have happened as well as acknowledging the bad stuff.”

Sarah Louise Shum gave birth to a baby girl in June 2020.

Others focused more on the odd, but happy, memories that 2020 created.

Kelly Thorneycroft, said: “Standing in the queue for big Tesco in the hot blazing sun and they had music blasting out of the speakers as you went in.”

In these confusing and worrying times, local journalism is more vital than ever. Thanks to everyone who helps us ask the questions that matter by taking out a subscription or buying a paper. We stand together. Nancy Fielder, editor.

Jenny Laura Dobbs shared this photo of her lockdown baby.
Sian-Louise Barnett welcomed her baby boy into the world in April, 2020.