Scrabble marks UK lockdown easing with light show

Words like "freedom," "hope," "family", ''reunion'' and "beer" to represent the mood of the nation were beamed in the style of the game's letter tiles onto a pub, shops and locations near landmarks such as the Harrods department store and the Shard skyscraper.

"Scrabble is projecting the nation's favourite words to coincide with the lockdown lifting in the UK and National Scrabble Day," said company spokeswoman Amarilis Whitty.

Scrabble commissioned a survey to find the words that best summed up people's feelings as months of lockdown began to be eased on Monday.

The game that would eventually be called Scrabble was invented in New York by Alfred Mosher Butts, an unemployed architect, during the Depression. National Scrabble Day is celebrated on his birthday.