How Cornwall’s oldest model village is preparing for ‘Freedom Day’ when social distancing is scrapped in its miniature streets
Preparations for ‘Freedom Day’ on Monday are underway at Cornwall’s tiniest village where social distancing is streets apart, and two metres can feel like a mile.
Built after the Second World War, Polperro Model Village has been attracting giant visitors for three quarters of a century.
Over the years, the miniature reproduction of the village in which it is located has survived fire, floods, and most recently a global pandemic.
Just like the real-life pubs and shops that have been scaled down, and just like so many other small businesses in Cornwall, Polperro Model Village has endured a difficult year.
It has faced long periods of closure during traditionally busy times, and managed restricted numbers of visitors despite increased demand.
And now, having survived an unprecedented 16 months, Polperro Model Village is preparing for Freedom Day, when the government is scrapping Covid regulations such as social distancing and mask wearing.
However, as one might expect in a village where streets are only a foot wide, much smaller steps are being planned.