Neighbours across Torbay are tonight celebrating 10 weeks of coming together for their street’s Clap for Carers.

The fancy dress Shirburn Road Clap for Carers sing-songThe fancy dress Shirburn Road Clap for Carers sing-song

In Torquay, Shirburn Road residents started when one neighbour played the song ‘Lean on Me’ on his PA system and Chesney Fawkes-Porter, who lives in the road and has been furloughed from university, started to sing along at the top of his voice while all the other residents were clapping.

Shirburn Road Clap for Carers sing-songShirburn Road Clap for Carers sing-song

Chesney got a massive round of applause from all the neighbours, who encouraged him to do more.

The Clap for Carers sing-song in Shirburn Road, TorquayThe Clap for Carers sing-song in Shirburn Road, Torquay

Someone then shouted out: “Let’s do it in fancy dress next week.” So, that’s how it all began.

One of the Shirburn Road Clap for Carers sing-songOne of the Shirburn Road Clap for Carers sing-song

Now each week residents put a flyer through everyone’s door in the street with a theme and the lyrics to the songs they are going to sing.

Fancy dress Clap for Carers in Shirburn Road, TorquayFancy dress Clap for Carers in Shirburn Road, Torquay

They kick off each week with an air raid siren supplied by neighbour Paul Winstanly on his PA system then they do their minute’s clap,

Shirburn Road's fancy dress Clap for Carers sing-alongShirburn Road's fancy dress Clap for Carers sing-along

Chesney then leads everyone in a few songs on the PA system before Paul takes over and knocks out a few dance tunes.

Shirburn Road's fancy dress Clap for Carers sing-alongShirburn Road's fancy dress Clap for Carers sing-along

So Shirburn Road’s minute’s clap runs for about an hour and gets the little community together, observing social distancing, and appreciating all that key workers are doing for them during the coronavirus pandemic.

Fancy dress Clap for Carers in Shirburn Road, TorquayFancy dress Clap for Carers in Shirburn Road, Torquay

Resident Sharon Fawkes-Porter, Chesney’s mother, said: “We will probably be stopping it after this week as the founder of Clap for Carers has requested that everyone should now stop clapping.

“Some of the themes we have done are pyjamas, Blues Brothers, DIY Disney, rainbows and pirates. It’s been great fun to do and we have got to know people in our road that we haven’t spoken to before so, all in all, well worth it.”