EASTER is usually a time for family and celebrations however since the start of the pandemic things have looked a little different. 

We've taken a look back at some of the scenes in Bournemouth last year during the Easter bank holiday weekend, when the nation was in the grips of the first lockdown. 

From taped up benches to police patrolling the coastline, Bournemouth and our wonderful beaches were hardly recognisable as people obeyed the rules and our town centres were deserted.

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Bournemouth Echo:

Benches were taped off to ensure people stuck to lockdown rules in 2020 - BNPS

The seven-mile stretch of sand looked more like a barren desert with just solitary walkers taking their permitted daily exercise.

Council officials had even taped off seafront benches to stop people sitting on them while the 2,000 beach huts along the prom remain padlocked.

Bournemouth Echo:

Police patrolling the prom in 2020 - BNPS

If you can cast your mind back a year, the weather was absolutely phenomenal for the four-day weekend with highs of  14C and stunning sunny scenes. 

This year a return to semi-normal life is starting to take place, with groups of six allowed to meet up outside in public places and private gardens.

Bournemouth Echo:

Only people on their daily exercise were seen on the beach in 2020 - BNPS

After nearly three months in lockdown the easing of restrictions comes as a welcome break to thousands that have been shielding and are now allowed to go outside once more. 

From the 29 March the 'stay home' message was changed to 'stay local' meaning lots of us will be travelling a short distance to see family and friends outside over the Easter weekend this year - even if the temperatures aren't as warm as last year. 

What are your plans this Easter weekend? Let us know in the comments.