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Scottish Lad Takes Bagpiper Round To Isolated Grandma's House To Sing Happy Birthday

Scottish Lad Takes Bagpiper Round To Isolated Grandma's House To Sing Happy Birthday

Although we're definitely seeing a lot of uncertainty around the world thanks to coronavirus, the show must go on - especially when it's your nan's birthday and she's in isolation.

One Scottish LAD simply was not letting any global pandemic ruin his Granny Dot's 89th birthday, just because she can't go out - so he decided to take the party to her.

Pete Donaldson, 32, from Gargunnock, just outside Stirling, gave his gran a bit of a lift in what is otherwise a pretty downbeat time.

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Speaking to LADbible, Pete said: "After seeing how uplifting the musical performances by locals have been from balconies across Italy and Spain, we came up with the idea to break up the day a visit from the pop-up piper and a short burst of some tunes on the pipes to bring a smile to the residents' faces - albeit through their windows!"

As you can see from the video above - volume is definitely not a problem with the pipers.

With not everyone having access to social media to see the good that is coming out of the pandemic, Pete took the rowdy pipers to his gran's street to play 'Happy Birthday' for her.

Lovely Dot Donaldson, who used to be a radiographer at Stirling Royal, was made up with the performance.

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Commercial videographer, Pete said: "She was over the moon! She absolutely loved it and said it was such a big surprise. Her neighbours were out on the street singing 'Happy Birthday' as well and they gave a huge cheer at the end."

Dot celebrated her 89th birthday yesterday. Credit: LADbible
Dot celebrated her 89th birthday yesterday. Credit: LADbible

According to Pete, The Red Hot Chilli Pipers are a Scottish bagpipe band, who travel around the world playing at various festivals and concerts - but of course, with everything that's going on, all their dates have been disrupted.

He said: "Harry, who is one of the pipers, was supposed to be in America touring at the moment but all shows have been cancelled due to the virus."

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Dot, like many of us, is finding isolation quite frustrating.

Pete said: "My gran is very self-sufficient, extremely healthy and is very active for her age. She loves getting out of the house for a walk, heading out for lunches, going to her exercise classes, church, seeing her family and friends and taking care of others.

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"She's a total live wire and it's hard to keep her sitting still most of the time. She has plenty of support from her family around the country, her friends and her neighbours which have all been calling in on her and posting notes through her door to ask if she needs anything and generally giving her support, not just during this slightly darker time, but all the time.

"They have all been amazing and my family are always calling her for a chat and catch up to keep her spirits up."

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Dot and Pete pre-quarantine. Credit: LADbible
Dot and Pete pre-quarantine. Credit: LADbible

Like many, Pete and his colleagues have had their work disrupted by the virus.

He added: "We all now have a wee bit more time on our hands and want to do our bit to cheer up our neighbours, especially those who are vulnerable.

"We know through personal experience with loved ones how much those in care homes rely on visits, whether from family, workers, entertainers, doctors and old pals. These are the folks we know will find social isolation especially challenging."

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Pete reckons there is a silver lining to social distancing and the quarantine some people find themselves in. He's even managed to raise a bit of money for a local foodbank service along the way - if you're in a position to, you can donate here.

He added: "This is a time when local communities are really coming together to help one another and it's amazing to see. We are all in it together and need to keep each other spirits up - we can all do our part in this."

Well said, Pete, and happy birthday Dot!

Let's all bring some positivity, support and fun to anyone who might find themselves in isolation as a result of the coronavirus spread. Need some entertainment? Join Isolation Nation.

Featured Image Credit: LADbible

Topics: Daily Ladness, coronavirus

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Amelia Ward

Amelia is a journalist at LADbible. After studying journalism at Liverpool John Moores and Salford Uni (don't ask), she went into PR and then the world of music. After a few years working on festivals and events, she went back to her roots. In her spare time, Amelia likes music, Liverpool FC, and spending good, quality time with her cat, Paul. You can contact Amelia at [email protected]