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Park ducks outnumber the people

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AS DUCKS basked in the glorious afternoon sunshine and dogs raced around the park without a care in the world, locals used up their two hours exercise a day enjoying the quieter than normal surroundings of Saumarez Park yesterday.

Normally on a sunny day the playground would have been full of excited children, but it was locked and empty. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 27692758)

Stretching their legs on day one of lockdown, only dog walkers, joggers and children on bikes ventured out to the park, as islanders stuck to the rules.

Normally working in an office during the day, Reece Carter had come out with his two dogs to get himself and his pets some exercise.

‘I’m a web developer, so working from home is very unusual for me,’ he said.

‘Although it’s good in that I have no distractions, being stuck in the house would get too much, so to be able to come out today with the dogs has been nice.’

There was just a handful of people who had come to the park, which would normally be busy at around noon on a Wednesday.

The outdoor park gym was closed and park officials were putting up signs to advise people not to enter the gated areas for ‘your protection and the protection of others’ due to Covid-19. However, that did not stop joggers and cyclists from using the park’s lanes and quiet atmosphere.

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This included Innez, the granddaughter of Su Laraman, who had come out for a ride on her bike.

‘She’s only just learned how to ride with the stabilisers on after getting the bike for Christmas,’ said Su. ‘We’ve nearly used up our two hours now, but we’ve come out for some fresh air, it’s such a lovely day for it.

‘And even though it’s trying times and I’m surprised to have seen some people who are not sticking to the rules. We’ve got to do it, every one of us, it’s for the good of us all.’

Danielle Kenneally

By Danielle Kenneally
News reporter

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