Merry Christmas from everyone at the Manchester Evening News

For many it has been a year of immeasurable suffering.

Every day there is a new number and behind that number lies the tragedy of lives cut short and other lives damaged forever by loss.

It’s hard to be positive about 2020.

So, when we asked readers how they would rate this year out of ten we expected the zeroes. We expected the anger and the grief.

What we did not expect were the positive comments.

There were beautiful stories of grandchildren being born. Of jobs lost and better ones found. 

Over and over again people spoke of the joy of being able to spend time with their children, or having taken stock of what is important during the imposed pause to our ordinary lives.

The newspaper industry has had its share of challenges this year.

In March we transformed how our business operated. We haven’t been in our physical newsroom for nine months – but we’ve done our best to serve readers as usual.

We’ve tried to keep you informed and entertained and help you to stay safe. It has been a privilege. Your support has been more vital than ever.

During these dark and difficult winter days it’s hard to see Spring.

We end 2020 at a moment of extreme uncertainty. A moment without parallel in modern peacetime. But we will get through this and soon we’ll be free to return to something resembling normal life.

Whatever comes next we’ll be with you.

From all of us – to all of you – we wish you a safe and Happy Christmas and New Year.

Manchester Evening News