CHIPPENHAM musician Stuart Rolfe has launched a new single based on his experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns over the past 12 months.

Mr Rolfe will release the new single tomorrow. It’s called What Happens When and was written in January and February during the third UK lockdown.

Stuart, 48, from Cepen Park, said: “It’s a song written about the times we’re in and the consequences it has created.

“It reflects on current feelings and emotions that are felt day-to-day.

“There is no easy way through this, but the music gives us hope and thanks.

Mr Rolfe, who sings and performs with country rock group Stuart Rolfe and the Daylight Stealers, revealed the thinking behind the lines of the song.

He said: “After watching BBC news and having the image of the virus from the newsroom video wall words started to appear in the junkyard of my mind.

"The image change from blue to red as it rotated seemed to symbolise something, a change globally.

"A few days later there was a battle cry from the climate groups, referring as a country we would not meet the targets set out although still in midst of a global pandemic. We can’t go out, we’re locked within ourselves to keep safe, fighting this invisible war.

"Then came the chorus which refers to the masks and people's identities, your face.”

He added: "It occurred to me, that people even stopped making eye contact and that social interactions were slowly diminishing.

“Then of course the question ‘What Happens When” - a question that cannot be answered, not even by scientists.

"The second chorus relates to people being rushed off to medical units and hospitals due to Covid. These people had to go alone, no partners, carers, no-one.

“A time when you need reassurance and hope but being denied it. Also, the pain of the loved ones left behind not knowing where or how you are.

"We come to the pause in the song which is there to make you think about the two lines of verse three. A thank you to the emergency services and everything they do.

"The colour blue was originally chosen as nurses originally were in light blue and staff nurses in navy blue."