Quarantine karaoke roused Beer village in a giant sing-song in a bid to cheer up residents amid the coronavirus lockdown.
As this video shows, loud music full of family favourites was piped through Beer village on Saturday evening for a residents’ sing-a-long from doorways, windows and gardens.
The village came together, while staying apart, bopping to well-known songs such as Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now and Abba’s Mama Mia.
They swayed and sang along to Gerry and the Pacemakers’ You’ll Never Walk Alone and Bill Withers Lean on Me as a tribute to NHS staff, keyworkers, and Beer residents who have died.
The 45-minutes of fun was dreamed up by Debs Gildersleeves, aged 68, of Higher Meadows, who picked a playlist with the aid of her daughter then enlisted the help of some technical know-how to make sure the event could be heard and enjoyed by all.
Debs, who moved to Beer two-and-a-half years ago, and is the village lead on mental health, supporting the vulnerable and isolated during the coronavirus crisis, said: “It was lot of fun. I thought a great way to cheer everybody up en masse, was to have a village sing-song.
“There were songs that were familiar to all ages so if they didn’t have access to the lyrics, they would still know the chorus.
“We had You’ll Never Walk Alone and Lean on Me for the NHS and key workers, and some of the residents we have sadly lost this week.
“The songs all had a bit of meaning, but primarily it was to cheer everybody up.
“You could stand in your window or at your front door or doorway or garden and sing. You could see everybody singing.”
The sing-a-long was coordinated by a handful of people all working from their own homes, putting together a suitable playlist and ensuring the tracks were loud enough to be heard across the village.
Debs said the small team shouted to each other across gardens as they worked out how to get the music to reach the whole village.
The public playlist could be accessed by all and at an agreed time, speakers were carried outside and the social distance dancing and song began.
“It was quite a technical challenge trying to get the music loud enough to get everybody to hear it,” said Debs.
“People were listening to it on their own phones. I would love to have seen it from the air. It would all have been out of time and step, but that didn’t matter.”
The evening proved so popular, villagers plan to hold another quarantine karaoke in a month’s time, on May 2, to coincide with the first Bank Holiday weekend on lockdown.