The year 2021 began with hope and promise as Trinidad and Tobago, along with the rest of the world, battled with the Covid-19 coronavirus. In 2021, we looked forward to a year that was better than the last, when we would go back to a normal life. We saw the arrival of the Covid-19 vaccine in February and thousands of citizens line up for a chance at a better life. Also, on February the nation united in prayer as 23-year-old Andrea Bharatt, who had been missing, was found murdered and thrown down a precipice in the Heights of Aripo. Her deaths triggered a series of candlelight vigils in communities across the country. 

There was widespread flooding in July and August when flood waters overflowed into homes and the roadways, destroying crops and livestock. 
In October, for the first time since this country achieved Independence status in 1962, Trinidad and Tobago did not have either a Commissioner or acting Commissioner of Police.
This followed several weeks of controversy since former police commissioner Gary Griffith’s three-year contract came to an end on August 17. The new acting Commissioner of Police, McDonald Jacob, was appointed in December.
 
Throughout the year residents protested by blocking roadways to highlight bad roads, lack of pipe bourne water, unemployment and late payment of salaries. 

In December, Tobagonians moved for historic change when they elected the Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP) headed by Watson Duke and Farley Augustine in the Tobago House of Assembly elections.
The PDP won 14 out of the 15 seats, breaking People’s National Movement 21-year reign of the THA.
Farley Chavez Augustine, deputy political leader of the PDP, was sworn in as the Tobago House of Assembly's fifth chief secretary.

The Express has compiled a year in review in photographs, moments captured by our photographers Robert Taylor, Dexter Philip, Trevor Watson, Jermaine Cruickshank, Curtis Chase and Ishmael Salandy.