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Everybody needs good neighbours - it feels like my little street is now its own republic

Sophie White


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Resident of Canon Mooney Gardens Michael Larkin organised a game of social distance bingo at his flat complex, with his 14-year-old DJ daughter Hollie, and his niece Jodie.

Resident of Canon Mooney Gardens Michael Larkin organised a game of social distance bingo at his flat complex, with his 14-year-old DJ daughter Hollie, and his niece Jodie.

Resident of Canon Mooney Gardens Michael Larkin organised a game of social distance bingo at his flat complex, with his 14-year-old DJ daughter Hollie, and his niece Jodie.

There is a block of flats near us that is constantly going viral for doing cute, socially-distant group activities. You may have seen the bingo numbers being called from a PA system while residents checked off their cards out the windows, for example. Or their fantastic choreo to the song Saturday Night. It's the kind of good-news story that'll buoy us until the next grim tally on the radio.

I will have lived on my street for seven years this September. It's a small lane of terraced red-brick cottages. My first baby was born the Christmas after we moved here and we knew no one. We brought him home to a house that smelled of fresh paint and was still slightly makeshift.


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