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Life in lockdown: the story of one Cambridgeshire village and how it's coping

Well as we all begin to adjust to the reality of social distancing and increasing isolation what's it like to be living in one of our region's many small villages. Is rural the way to go? Our reporter Matthew Hudson went to Houghton in Cambridgeshire where they are taking the idea of community spirit extremely seriously.

You can watch Matt's report here.

He went to the village of Houghton between St Ives and Huntingdon where people are getting used to the idea of social distancing.

At the community run village shop locals are instinctively respecting the new five customers only rule...respecting each other's space.

They're doing it very well in this community at least I must admit. It's a tight knit community. People understand, they get it. They're very respectful of the staff and the volunteers that are working in our shop here and really want to keep them safe because we want to keep the shop open and people healthy.

– Paul Boothman, runs the local shop
Few people are out and about in the village of Houghton Credit: ITV Anglia

The two pubs are closed, of course, but they're doing their bit. The Three Horseshoes has opened a takeaway service.

Matthew Hudson reporting from the village of Houghton in Cambridgeshire Credit: ITV Anglia

Our reporter was struck by how friendly and helpful the people of Houghton were, although of course he kept his distance while filming his report.

Hand on heart I can say the people here have been nothing but friendly and welcoming. And when this is all over I'm going to come back to the Three Horseshoes and raise a glass to the locals.

– Matthew Hudson, ITV News Anglia

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