Watch South Shields and North Shields go head to head in Saturday night lockdown isolation disco

Isolation wasn’t going to stop these partygoers from putting on their dancing shoes on Saturday night.
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Residents in North and South Shields proved there’s no party quite like a lockdown party at the weekend, when they went head to head in a front room disco dance-off.

Those living in South Quays flats, in Long Row, South Shields and their Smiths Dock neighbours in North Shields, were to thank for the amazing displays lighting up the River Tyne on Saturday, March 28.

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Over the last week North Shields residents Graham Moralee and Scott Miller have been organising isolation discos - to keep people entertained while the country is in lockdown due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

On Monday, March 23 Prime Minister Boris Johnson brought in new rules, allowing people to only leave their homes for a few specific reasons.

But this wasn’t going to stop some North East residents from having a good time.

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Scott and Graham have been creating a daily playlist for people to throw some shapes to, while putting on extravagant disco light displays from their own homes every night at 8.30pm.

North and South Shields take part in Saturday night isolation disco.North and South Shields take part in Saturday night isolation disco.
North and South Shields take part in Saturday night isolation disco.
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Saturday’s battle was captured on camera by South Shields videographer, Billy Bone of Above the Action, who lives in the South Quays flats.

“On Friday we noticed there was something going on across the river, it looked like all the houses were having a disco,” said Billy.

“We thought it would be a great idea to get all of our neighbours involved, so my girlfriend set up a WhatsApp group for our street and encouraged everyone to get involved.”

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Billy’s video – shot using a drone - has now had more than 140,000 views online.

Within days the Isolation Disco Facebook group has grown to include over 10,000 members from across the North East in a matter of days.

“I thought it was a really good idea to lift everyone’s spirits,” added Billy.

“They are trying to get people from all over the region to take part and there are plans for another battle-off between both sides of the Tyne next weekend.”