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Man plays bagpipes in street to cheer up self-isolating neighbours


A man has been playing the bagpipes in the street to cheer up his self-isolating neighbours. Harley Balmer-Howieson, 27, was playing the pipes in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, over the weekend. Since the rules on going out during the crisis were tightened he has stopped, but said he will carry on once he is allowed to. Mr Balmer-Howieson, who learned the bagpipes after joining a pipe band seven years ago, said: β€œI thought ... I can go round the streets and cheer some people up.” He admitted not everyone likes the bagpipes, saying: β€œIt is the Marmite of instruments, but it has been well-received by a lot of people.”

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