People are dying. Punch bows his head in tribute to those who have sadly been taken from us, especially those before their time. Happy, for once, to stand aside and allow the applause to ring out for others; the deserved, the not forgotten, the essential workers.

Punch is essential too. He’s part of the fabric of what defines changing Britain but for now he rests, safe in the knowledge he will return after a respectful pause and once those distant from him can afford to draw near once again. Stay safe, stay well and love one another.