This is what people in Doncaster are looking forward to most about easing of lockdown on Monday

Doncaster residents are clear about what they are looking forward to when lockdown is eased next week.

The details may vary, but people in town centre have told us they can’t wait to see friends and loved ones.

John Emmison aged 73, from Balby Bridge said: “I’m looking forward to everything opening. I don’t drink in the town centre, I go to my club in Hyde Park. I’m just looking forward to seeing my family and friends, and looking forward to going to my club again. It is all about being able to meet people again.

Martyn Kellett, aged 57, from Bessacarr, said: “I’m looking forward to more open access into the countryside. There’s been a massive surge of people going to the Peak District, and it’s never been as packed. I’m hoping that will subside a bit and free some space up, as people can do other things as well.

John Emmison

"I’m not bothered about pubs, but I do a lot of wild camping. I’m also looking forward to seeing people I’ve not seen for ages and being able to give them a hug."

Glen Cotton, aged 58, who lives on a boat on the Doncaster waterfront, said he couldn’t wait to see his daughters again, and to be able to hug them.

He said: “I’ve not been out with them for such a long time. We’re going to be booking something in at a restaurant for next week. It will be the first time in nearly a year that I’ve seen them."

Jamie Wainwright works in Doncaster town centre for the Princes Trust programme. He said he was looking forward to getting back to work and socialising again.

Martyn Kellett

He said: “I feel quite nervous about coming into the town centre. It is the first time I’ve been in the town centre since January. I’m just looking forward to being able to see people again.”

Simon Burnett runs a mortgage business at Gresley House, on Ten Pound Walk.

He said he was looking forward to being able to go inside restaurants again, so that he could meet friends, family, and work colleagues again. "I’m looking forward to being able to meet people in cafés again,” he said.

Work colleague Paulina Wicko: “I can’t wait to be able to see all me friends again.”

Glen Cotton

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Jamie Wainwright
Paulina Wicko and Simon Burnett