Chase the Rainbow: Friends set up South Tyneside Facebook group to spread a smile

Colourful pictures of rainbows have been spreading good cheer across South Tyneside as families come to terms with lockdown restrictions imposed due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Friday, 27th March 2020, 6:00 am

But now, as households across the UK prepare to clap for our carers and take part in a round of applause in support of key workers, the South Shields women behind the group are calling for pictures of stars to be stuck up in people’s windows too.

Rebecca Thorpe set up the Facebook group Chasing Rainbows – South Tyneside along with friends Kira Thompson and Shannon Handyside to keep the community’s spirits up during a time of uncertainty.

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Artwork in honour of South Tyneside's key workers. Picture: Rebecca Thorpe.

Rebecca, 26, told the Gazette: “We then came up with the idea to brighten up the streets with stars, for our key workers, to show appreciation and love and respect for them all!

“Especially with today [Thursday, March 26] being the day we all applaud at our doors for the NHS at 8pm tonight.”

At time of writing, almost 1,000 had signed up to the social media group, with countless of rainbow drawings, paintings and other artistic creations being shared online.

Stars will be the group’s theme for the next two weeks, in honour of the borough’s key workers.

Our key workers are our stars. Picture: Rebecca Thorpe.

Rebecca added: “Show them that they are the stars keeping South Tyneside shining bright, day and night!”