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Good riddance to 2020, hello 2021

What a year it has been. Few people will be sad to see 2020 end, what with the global pandemic, economic uncertainty and, in the UK at least, ongoing confusion and conjecture over Brexit.

To say the year has been difficult would be to put things mildly. Gladly then, there is only one month left of the year from hell and we can hopefully look to a return to normality at some point in 2021.

Every day there is news of a new treatment or vaccine in the fight against COVID-19, with some sources suggesting that vaccination may begin in December for the most vulnerable people in society.

While it is clearly going to take some time to vaccinate everyone, by protecting those most at risk things should be able to open up again.

There is more good news that the UK economy managed to leave recession recently and even Brexit talks have been progressing – although at the time of writing, no deal has been confirmed.

Looking ahead there are a number of delayed events that may now go ahead in 2021, here are some highlights:

The Tokyo Olympics

This exciting sporting event is due to commence on 23 July and will run until 8 August. It will be followed by the Paralympics, which start on 24 August and finish on 5 September.

Blockbusters return

No, not the long-dead video rental business, but big films that were delayed last year should be coming to the silver screen. Although some studios decided to stream films during the pandemic, others have held back, which should mean a bumper year for film fanatics.

Eurovision

We know that this may not be everyone’s cup of tea, however, the event was cancelled in 2020 and instead many of this year’s artists will be competing in 2021.

Music Festivals

The summer may seem far away, but hopefully, that will give the country time to reduce the rate of infection enough that we can once again enjoy music festivals in the sun. Many of the largest events haven’t confirmed anything yet, but music fans remain hopeful.


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