A fun-loving Abbots Langley nan has kick-started a trend on social media to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Margaret Hansard, 78, was thrilled when her granddaughter Lucy asked her to get dancing for a Tik Tok video, which was aimed at convincing young people in Hertfordshire to adhere to COVID-19 rules – it was dubbed a ‘#Nantervention’.
Lucy, 22, from Abbots Langley, explained: “My auntie works at Age UK Herts, and they told her about this plan they had for ‘nanterventions’ on social media.
“So, they got in touch and, when I told my nan about it, she was well up for it! She loves to sing and dance, so it was no surprise.
“ I taught her a few dance moves, got filming and in two takes, it was sorted. It was a bit hard to film because my nan was struggling to remember the whole dance, so I was having to dance in the background and get her to copy me – but she loved it.
“We then put writing in the video, basically reminding people to socially distance and wear a mask etc. for the sake of their grandparents.
“It’s just a different and interesting way of telling people what they should do, because constantly listening to the government telling you what to do has become tedious.”
The video has had quite an impact – it’s been liked and shared on Tik Tok plenty of times, and even national newspapers have covered Margaret’s story.
“The fame’s gone to her head,” Lucy joked. “I love to see how much she’s enjoying it. She’s the first to get up and sing and dance at weddings, so this is very ‘her’. Now my granddad wants to film one, but I’m done with it!”
You can view the video at tiktok.com/@lucy1405/video/6876114741186596097.