South Shields dad entertains thousands from his living room during coronavirus lockdown

A South Shields dad is keeping people entertained during the coronavirus lockdown with Facebook Live shows and virtual birthday parties.

By Sarah Sinclair
Wednesday, 25th March 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Thursday, 26th March 2020, 12:15 pm

Thousands have been tuning in every night to watch George Thompson, 52, put on a show from the comfort of his own home at The Nook, South Shields.

The children’s entertainer and DJ has been left out of work with the latest measures to curb the spread of Covid-19.

On Monday, March 23 Prime Minister Boris Johnson put the UK on lockdown as he outlined strict new measures – ordering people to only leave the house for a few specific reasons and banning social gatherings such as weddings and christenings.

George Thompson with daughter Georgia and wife Lynn.

Instead, the Lil Devil Entertainment boss has been live streaming an hour-long showdown from his living room for people to join in with.

Kicking off with a workout video dressed as Wonder Woman, other themes have included a rock night, songs from the 80s and a Little Mix sing along - complete with life-size cardboard cut-outs of the stars.

“I have no work for the foreseeable future so I thought I would do something silly,” said George who has been entertaining for seven years.

George Thompson as Wonder Woman before his Facebook Live show.

“It’s just a laugh, to keep everybody from getting bored in the house, we’re all in the same boat and it’s something to give the parents a break as well.

“Lots of people will just be watching TV, at least I’m giving them something to laugh about.”

George’s 17-year-old daughter, Georgia who has cerebral palsy, has also been getting involved.

“She loves it, she’s my little producer. It’s like a little concert for her every night, so it’s great - she keeps saying she’s getting famous.”

He has also been hosting virtual children’s birthday parties for those who can’t celebrate in the traditional style.

George continued: “I’ve been inundated with requests for shout outs.

“Everyone is expecting it now – we’ve had around 4,000 watching at a time.”

He added: “I’m planning on doing it every night until I run out of ideas. I hope it’s cheering people up, that’s what it’s all about.”

Tune in every night at 6pm via George Thompson’s Facebook page.