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Fenland Citizen editor Jeremy Ransome and his family have enjoyed three birthdays during lockdown, while a fourth was affected by Government restrictions.

Jeremy had planned to celebrate his 50th in Brazil on April 10, with wife Josi due to turn 37 on April 16, during the same holiday in the south eastern state of Espírito Santo.

On their return, a birthday meal at the Alishan Indian restaurant in Wisbech had been planned to mark Joanna’s 15th birthday on April 27.

Fenland Citizen editor Jeremy Ransome, with wife Josi and daughters Tilly and Joanna onJo's 15th birrhday. (34100768)
Fenland Citizen editor Jeremy Ransome, with wife Josi and daughters Tilly and Joanna onJo's 15th birrhday. (34100768)

Birthday plans also went awry for other daughter Tilly, whose March 19 celebrations were just before lockdown but still scuppered by restaurant closures.

“It’s been a really strange time,” said Jeremy. “But at least we are all keeping well and still got to spend our birthdays together.”

Jeremy, who is running the paper from his home in Lutton during the lockdown, enjoyed a barbecue in the back garden with care worker Josi, the girls and son Alfie (17) for his big day.

Presents were ordered online and cards arrived through the post.

“It was actually a lovely day. The sun was shining, I was with my loved ones – I couldn’t have been happier,” he said.

Josi chose to cook a family favourite for her celebrations and enjoyed a pleasant bike ride on another warm day with Jeremy.

And the third family meal for Joanna’s big day involved a takeaway delivered from Chilli Hut in Long Sutton, with beautiful birthday balloons purchased from Ruby and Diamonds of Sutton Bridge.

Alfie is hoping lockdown will be over by the time he turns 18 on June 26, but a planned concert featuring Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Wheezer with his dad at the London Stadium is looking ever more doubtful.

• How have you made the best of plans scuppered by Lockdown? Email your story to jeremy.ransome@iliffepublishing.co.uk



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