Lock Down Britain

The older generation in our society have gone into isolation to protect themselves from the coronavirus.
For some it is a lonely experience, especially if they have recently lost a partner.

But this generation are a hardy breed and many are touched by the help and support they receive from friends, family and neighbours.
They are also finding that technology, such as social media, is a great comfort.

For many it’s also a chance to reconnect with what is truly important in life.

Tom Pilston travelled across southern Britain, meeting older people living in temporary isolation, and asked to share their thoughts on the current situation.

Retired academics Ursula Howard and Stephen Yeo, Oxford.

Ursula: “Sometimes I feel like an little old Edwardian lady, making out shopping lists for other people and feeling I ought to be the one helping out.” Stephen: “Things and relations will never be the same, I hope, for me. Solidarity, love and peace.”


Annie Pilkington-Bernier, Aldeburgh, Suffolk

“I feel very lucky to have access to beautiful walks in the countryside. I make and receive video calls so I don’t feel disconnected from my loved ones.”


William Finbow, London.

“I am a dab hand at the internet and use that a lot for surfing etc.”


Brian Cherry, Oxfordshire

Brian is nearing his 81st birthday. He lost his wife Pauline last year amd misses her greatly. But, a proud, fit man he makes the best of his situation.


Mr Rasik Lathigra and Mrs Hansa Lathigra

“We Feel Lonely as we can’t meet friends and family who play a big role in our lives even though they all live close by.”


John and Frances Pilston, Oxford

“The worst thing about all this is not being able to hug our family the best thing is how moving it is to recieve so much help and support.”