South Shields residents rally round to help six-year-old celebrate his birthday in lockdown

Grayson Stewart had his birthday celebrations cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic - but his neighbours still made sure he had a ‘wheely’ good day.

Thursday, 23rd April 2020, 4:45 pm
Updated Thursday, 23rd April 2020, 7:13 pm

The St Gregory’s RC Primary School pupil – who turned six on Tuesday, April 21 – was unable to celebrate with his school friends as a result of the lockdown measures put in place last month.

Instead, his mum and dad Regan and Gary Stewart went all out to decorate the front of their Coast Road home with more than 100 balloons and birthday banners to encourage passing traffic to beep and wish him a happy birthday.

“The night before I was wondering what I could do to make it special for him,” said Regan, 27, who is training to be a paramedic.

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Grayson and his younger brother Drew, celebrate outside their home.

“I bought a cake and over 100 balloons and then found an old roll of wallpaper and decided to make the banner. It took about three hours to do it all - we were blowing up balloons until 1am.”

“Grayson was absolutely gobsmacked when he saw it in the morning, he couldn’t believe what we had done to the house.”

With the words ‘beep it’s my birthday’ hanging up outside, dozens of drivers wished him many happy returns as they passed - with one motorcyclist even stopping especially to sing Happy Birthday.

Grayson outside his home on his sixth birthday.

“My neighbours put it up on Facebook and everybody shared the life out of it.

“It feels like the whole of South Shields has driven past today just to wish him happy birthday.”

He still managed to have brilliant day with his brother Drew, three, playing in the garden, baking cakes and some of his classmates even dropped off some handmade cards.

Grayson and mum Regan Stewart.

“He had an absolutely fantastic day considering the circumstances,” said Regan.

“I want to say thank you to everyone for making the effort, I couldn’t have asked for anything more for Grayson.

“The community has really come together through all of this it’s amazing.”

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