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An army of rainbows are taking over windows in Kent in a bid to spread happiness and joy.

Homes have donned the handmade creations coloured in by children so other youngsters can spot them while out stretching their legs amid the coronavirus outbreak.

There is also a bright display at Tasha Sedge's home in Coronation Road, Sheerness
There is also a bright display at Tasha Sedge's home in Coronation Road, Sheerness

Social media groups have been set up to show off what people are creating.

The group, Sheppey - Creating Rainbows, was launched by Pippa Meakins of Church Road, Eastchurch, Sheppey, to spread the message "there is light at the end of the dark".

Children are encouraged to paint, draw, model and craft their own rainbow creations and put them up in their windows.

Then, when they're going for a walk they can see crafts other children have made in a show of solidarity.

Miss Meakins said: "It's something that's been going on nationwide so I put a group together for people on the Island to follow.

Pippa Meakins set up Sheppey – Creating Rainbows on Facebook
Pippa Meakins set up Sheppey – Creating Rainbows on Facebook

"We're trying to get people to use their home to get creative and think of brighter and happier things.

"It can keep people focused on other things while they're stuck indoors.

"I've lived on the Island for over 10 years and I feel there's a real good community spirit and I thought this will be something people would probably engage in.

"It's a chance to be part of something bigger, something nationwide that has even spread to other countries.

"For me, it's also a reminder to stay bright, to try to stay cheerful. Everyone's in the same position."

Tasha Sedge put this rainbow up where she works in the Co-op shop at Thistle Hill, Minster
Tasha Sedge put this rainbow up where she works in the Co-op shop at Thistle Hill, Minster

Miss Meakins, who is a pharmacy technician, has applied to volunteer at Maidstone Hospital, Hermitage Lane, Maidstone, amid the outbreak.

Artist Richard Jeferies has also created a drawing for the page which youngsters can print off or trace and colour in.

A mother and daughter spent the weekend creating a giant rainbow for walkers and drivers going past their home.

Laura Farrelly dug out the craft supplies with 11-year-old daughter Sienna and erected the creation in the front of their home in View Road, Cliffe Woods, near Rochester.

Laura Farrelly and daughter Sienna made their creation this weekend in View Road, Cliffe Woods
Laura Farrelly and daughter Sienna made their creation this weekend in View Road, Cliffe Woods

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