Residents enjoy 'social distance dance' sessions in the street to Tom Jones - video

2 April 2020, 12:28

By Tom Eames

We all need ways to keep our spirits up and stay active during this period of self-isolation, and one road in the North of England has done just that.

A video has been doing the rounds on Twitter, after it showed residents of a street dancing on their driveways to the tune of 'It's Not Unusual' by Tom Jones.

The video - shared by resident Elsa Williams - has been viewed over 6 million times since it was uploaded on Tuesday (March 31).

Watch the heartwarming moment above.

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Elsa later explained that the daily sessions were organised by a local fitness instructor for about 10 minutes, mostly for children and elderly people.

"Had some people asking about the video—a local fitness instructor (Janet Woodcock) leads the sessions," she wrote.

"Distance dancing only lasts 10 minutes a day so causes minimal disturbance. Mostly our road is kids and elderly residents who are self isolating, so they look forward to it."

She continued: "It was only meant to be a one time thing, but it lifted people round here up a bit and they wanted more. It’s also worth noting that our road hardly spoke to each other before all this!

"Most people are dancing in their drives. Anybody who looks a bit too close together live at the same residence. People’s health is paramount, so of course 2m+ distancing is maintained at all times."

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Elsa also joked that they were aware that they're not the best dancers around, adding: "Nobody is dancing in time. We know we’re not very good.

"Ultimately, it changes nothing. But for a few minutes every day, our little corner of the universe feels a bit less alone. That’s something."