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Newcastle during coronavirus lockdown a surreal day out

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People take to the beach in Newcastle during the warm weather. Photo by Peter Morrison

People take to the beach in Newcastle during the warm weather. Photo by Peter Morrison

People take to the beach in Newcastle during the warm weather. Photo by Peter Morrison

It's mid-afternoon on the end-of-May bank holiday and at the jewel in the Co Down coastline, the mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea as they always have.

A light dusting of dark cloud kisses the top of Slieve Donard as it towers high over Newcastle's Donard Park.

But today the cars are snaking past the entrance rather than going in to take on what would normally be a vain quest to find a parking spot.