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Meet Malcom - the man playing the bagpipes to cheer people up

Malcolm has been playing for care homes and people living in sheltered accomodation. Credit: ITV News

We've all seen footage of singers in Italy belting out opera numbers from their balconies during the coronavirus lockdown.

And now, a piper from Hawick has been playing for people in care homes and sheltered housing to keep spirits high.

He’s a taxi driver by trade but, while business is light, Malcolm McEwan has been putting in performances and even some personal requests - all to make people smile.

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He might have to keep his distance now but Malcolm hopes his music can bring people together.

He said: "It was just seeing people trapped in and the carers and nurses their faces and clapping along and it made me feel good giving joy to other people.

"The community of Hawick has been fantastic at helping each other and if I can help a little bit to cheer people up I’m happy to do it."

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