PUPILS at Crossflatts Primary School were downhearted after their planned Easter disco had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

But DJ Andrew Wilkinson – of Party Mania Discos – who was due to head-up the event, wasn’t to be outdone.

After being approached by the school’s business manager about the possibility of recording a ‘virtual’ disco for that evening, he duly obliged.

He and his family staged the event, which was shared on YouTube – with more than 1,000 people tuning in.

Messages had come through during the day that children and families across the area were getting dressed-up for the disco and even setting-up their own tuck shops in their homes.

“I think many kids needed ‘an event’ to look forward to,” said Mr Wilkinson.

“My son Jamie filmed it for us. My daughter, Sophie, and my wife, Lisa, agreed to dance, get dressed-up and make-up an audience to help get the party started. They were brilliant.

“The feedback was fantastic – live messages and photos of people having a real party at home.

“It seemed to hit home with people needing a laugh.”