It’s a difficult time for everyone especially when we lose a loved one during the Coronavirus Lockdowns.
Sadly it must be a very hard place in times of social distancing and being unable to comfort your family.
It’s the harsh reality of Coronavirus and sadly it’s not going to go away anytime soon.
One community has pulled together to support each other at a time when they have lost one of their community.
Sadly, Connor Appleby, lost his life on Friday 1st May 2020. He was a much-loved member of the community.
He was clearly loved by many and that was shown by the support shown by the community.
His community came out in strength in the only way they knew how to share their love and support for each other.
They showed that people do care and communities will still support each other in times of sorrow.
In normal times this would have been met with a totally normal reaction but we do not live in normal times.
After all, we are all scared of Coronavuris and sadly too many thousands of people have died.
This was Middlesbrough yesterday. sadly a family and community have lost a loved one but we must ensure emotions running high and Covid to ensure we do not spread the virus… pic.twitter.com/XmYrAbEUvV— Police Hour (@PoliceHour) May 3, 2020
His family and community came together for 45 minutes. They did not expect 100s of people to turn up. They simply wanted to remember Connor.
They felt the love and warmth of the community which ensured the family felt they were not on this alone.
The family and his friends had not expected the number of people who came together to show their support for the family and Connor.
They simply wanted to remember and show support for him and they did the only way they knew how to, Grief is an awful thing.
They did not expect such a huge turn out they thank the community for this but made it clear after the event that they had no control over the ability for anyone to socially distance.
Some people within the footage released are socially distancing. Sadly when emotions are running high we kind of forget about the new world we live within.
Personally, it’s a tough one and we would send our thoughts and prays to the family at this difficult time. We hope they have the support around them that they need.
Taking away the fact that we are within a coronavirus lockdown within normal times this would have been a beautiful tribute and this amazing community would have been praised.
It is not the fault of the family that this happened it is the responsibility of those who attended to make sure they protected themselves by socially distancing and no one can control the actions of other people.
It’s a choice they make and will have to live with hopefully this will not increase the spread of the Coronavirus within Middlesbrough.
But the nation is spilt some believe the family should be allowed to have this level of support around them while others believe it is completely wrong.
It’s a tough one. We won’t get into the debate either way. But our thoughts are with the family and friends of Connor at this very difficult time.
Everyone is responsible for their own actions and their own choices no one was within the community memorial event against their choice.
It must be so hard for families at the moment who are losing loved ones and we hope none of our readers is going through the same.
Our advice would be to follow the government advice during the lockdowns and ensure you maintain social distancing. Stay Home, Save Lives and Protect the NHS.
If you are wanting to make a comment please be respectful of the fact this family have just lost a loved one far too soon.
RIP Connor Appleby.