Bright ideas bring people together in isolation

Brothers Kian Green, two, and Koen, one, smile after displaying their drawing as part of Kintyre Rainbow Trail.
Brothers Kian Green, two, and Koen, one, smile after displaying their drawing as part of Kintyre Rainbow Trail.

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People around Kintyre have been coming together, despite living in isolation, through a number of initiatives intended to bring a bit of light relief during the current coronavirus pandemic.

Several ideas have appeared in a bid to spread some joy while giving children who are not able to be at school something to keep them occupied.

Kimmy McLellan has created Kintyre Rainbow Trail, a Facebook page encouraging people to display drawings, paintings or other images of rainbows in their windows to cheer people up as they walk throughout Campbeltown.

Kimmy saw the idea online and decided to create a local page – but added that she is not encouraging people to go outside when they don’t need to; just trying to cheer them up as they enjoy solitary walks.

She added: ‘I think it’s the little things that keep people’s spirits up, especially in a tight-knit community like this.’

Martine Craig has also come up with a bright idea to cheer people up – she has been switching on the Christmas lights outside her home at night, and has been encouraging others to do so too.

Martine, who was also inspired by something she saw online, said: ‘It will hopefully give us a bit of light during dark times, at least until the light nights come in.’

After receiving a drawing of the cinema from seven-year-old Harris MacLennan, Campbeltown Picture House has launched a virtual Window Wanderland.

Cinema manager Ellen Mainwood said: ‘This time last year and the year before we were in the throes of Window Wanderland, persuading you to decorate your windows/cars/front gardens and then get outside and wander around the town looking at other people’s efforts.

‘Well, this year obviously we are not encouraging wandering but that doesn’t mean we can’t do some arts and crafts!

‘Drawings don’t have to be of the cinema, of course; we were thinking of a theme of ‘important places’. It could be a building, a beach, a favourite view, the best spot on the sofa – anything!’

People are being asked to post their drawings on the Campbeltown Picture House Facebook page, so the cinema can make a virtual Wanderland and, when things return to normal and the cinema reopens, they will be displayed at the cinema.