Julia Hartley-Brewer champions Britain’s ‘Blitz spirit’

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer and presenter friends Dave Chawner and Andre Walker have praised the spirit of the British public amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The breakfast show went ahead this morning with Julia broadcasting from home after she and her daughter began showing early symptoms of the virus.

It comes as Boris Johnson announced yesterday that all of those displaying symptoms - including a new persistent cough or a high temperature - and those in their household, should self-isolate for 14 days.

The escalation in measures to slow the spread of Covis-19 also urged against all “non-essential” travel and contact with others, even if you are not showing symptoms.

And the steps, described by many as the most extreme peacetime measures, are expected to be in place for the foreseeable future.

Speaking with Dave and Andre, Julia said she “woke up in tears” over the weekend as it dawned on her how much life could change.

She said: “I think a lot of people are having their moments, I had mine Saturday morning was my first moment of waking up, genuinely, I woke up in tears just thinking, this is going to change life for so long.”

But the breakfast show host and her studio guests agreed that in these unprecedented time, the British people were showing “community spirit”

Comedian Dave said: “I think you kind of owe a duty to other people to keep your spirits high and try and help other people and again it's this community spirit, it's knitting together.

“Things like twitter, it’s been lovely to see some of the funnier content come out because this situation in and of itself is in no way humorous but I think we all need a lift right now.”

And columnist Andre said people had “genuinely pulled together”, with people in his local community volunteering to help others.

He said: “It reminds me, in many respects, of the Blitz - at the most difficult and worst times, it does bring out the best in people."

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