Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard fight back tears as they read out tributes to loved ones lost to Covid

SUSANNA Reid and Ben Shephard fought back tears as they read out tributes to loved ones lost to Covid.

The Good Morning Britain hosts were solemn this morning as they marked a year since the Prime Minister Boris Johnson's first stay at home orders at the start of the first lockdown.

As they discussed how the country has been affected the pandemic, the tributes from loved ones seemed to touch Ben, 46, and Susanna, 50.

Susanna said on Tuesday morning: "Today we are marking a year since lockdown was announced and it has been a year of loss and a year of grief. You have been getting in touch this morning with your memories of people who have been lost. Dan says I lost my mum last year on the 23rd March.

"The days leading up to it I will never forget. Mum lasted until Mother's Day. She passed during the night. This day will be etched in my mind forever."

Ben continued: "Nat has contacted us saying my husband died during the pandemic. My young children are fatherless, I am a widow, it's absolutely heartbreaking, the loss is unbearable."

Susanna said: "Keeley says on January 5th this year my dear friend Elaine sadly lost her fight against this cruel virus. Elaine was our amazing, loyal, caring, brave, funny lady.

"We were blessed to have her as our friend. All of our family and friends are truly missing her. Teeney mentions – because I talked about funerals and one of the cruelties has been we haven't been able to gather for funerals.

"And in fact, in some cases, when they have gathered, they have to have been kept apart. We had that image of the man who went to his father's funeral but wasn't able to comfort his mother.

"Teeney says he couldn't go to his nan's funeral, ten people only. A year ago on Sunday we lost her. I don't think I'll ever get over losing her and not giving her the send off she deserved. Not being able to say goodbye was and is devastating."

Ben continued: "Lucia says please remember my beautiful mummy Nancy, who I lost from the 11th February 2021 due to Covid.

"She was my world, my everything. She loved everyone and everyone loved her. She was a rock and I'll miss her forever. I bury her on the 25th March at 12 noon. She watched your show every morning as do I. Please remember her to me."

Susanna concluded: "We are reading all these messages, we may not be able to read them all out. But we are reading them all. And we thank you for sharing them all and the memories of the loved ones we have all lost.

"Please believe me, we keep you in our hearts. Because lockdown's had its challenges for many people. But for those of you have lost somebody in the past year and continue to struggle, you are in our thoughts today."

The tributes come as Boris Johnson yesterday vowed to end lockdown "once and for all".

The PM warned a third Covid wave in Europe would “wash up on our shores”, but hailed our jabs success and national spirit.

He also called for calm amid barmy EU threats of a vaccine export ban on the UK.

The PM personally phoned Brussels leaders to urge them to dial down the rhetoric in the supply row.

As the EU splintered over whether to seize AstraZeneca doses coming to the UK, ministers privately warned they would have no choice but to retaliate on jab ingredients flowing to the continent.

Boris declared he could “bash on” with his route to freedom thanks to our jabs success.

But the stakes could not be higher, with Mr Johnson issuing a stark warning last night of the third wave sweeping the continent.

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