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Coronavirus Kent: Singer Duncan Moris brings joy on mobile serenading tour in Folkestone

A singer has been bringing joy and entertainment to the elderly and isolated in his area by serenading residents.

Duncan Moris has been travelling around Folkestone, visiting care homes and apartment blocks.

He went on his first 'mobile serenading tour' on Monday, and says the reaction has been "humbling".

He explained: "I just hoped I might be able to make one or two people smile and feel connected to the wider world again.

"What I didn't expect was the huge, almost overwhelming response, both of people asking me to sing, and just saying lovely things. It was pretty humbling."

The 41-year-old, who has been singing professionally for almost 15 years, runs a singing group for those with brain injuries or illnesses and their carers.

"I just hoped I might be able to make one or two people smile"

He also founded Music and Arts for the Shepway Community (MASC), a group with three choirs for different ages, alongside fellow local musician Alex McNeice.

He explained: "Obviously, we had to cancel all of our groups as soon as the virus escalated, and I was devastated to be losing such a warm and lovely group.

"It was actually my mother-in-law who jokingly suggested I went to each of their houses to sing through their windows, but it got me thinking."

He travelled across Folkestone singing or classics including For Once In My Life, 'Fly Me To The Moon', 'New York, New York', and more.

There was one particularly special moment that stood out for him.

Singer Duncan Moris
Singer Duncan Moris

He said: "I grabbed my guitar and sang George Ezra's 'Shotgun' with a 6 year old girl who's in isolation.

"She did actions all the way through! Hopefully I managed to brighten up what is no doubt a scary time."

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