Former Penwortham DJ's daily tune bring smiles to dancing neighbours

A former DJ has revived his old speakers to bring musical joy to a Penwortham street during the lockdown.

Monday, 27th April 2020, 5:00 pm
Updated Monday, 27th April 2020, 5:42 pm

Andy Green, from Highgate, has been blasting out 'Sweet Caroline' from his home every day at 4.30pm, and on some days the wind carries the tune to other nearby streets.

For a few joyous moments neighbours of all ages leave their homes and take to the street with other residents - at a safe distance - to sing and dance along, and wave at each other.

Andy, who now works at BNFL as an instrument mechanic, came up with the idea after spotting his old equipment in his garage.

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Andy and Jen Green, pictured with son Eddie, two, have been entertaining neighbours by blasting out Sweet Caroline

His proud wife Jen, a business tutor at Cardinal Newman college, said: "It's all Andy's idea.

"We were sitting having a barbecue one day and he was in the garage looking at his old speakers, and he said: 'I'm going to play a song really loud.'

"He set them up and played a tune and we had a couple of people waving at us from their windows."

Andy was so encouraged by the response that he set up speakers at the back of the house in their loft conversion, and above the bay windows at the front.

Neighbours on Highgate, Penwortham, dance to Sweet Caroline

Jen added: "On the first day it was just me and our two-year-old son Eddie dancing on the street, but more and more people started coming out

"Sweet Caroline is happy and uplifting - everyone knows it.

"The neighbours look forward to it - you see some out at 4.25pm waiting for it to come on.

"It's gradually got bigger and bigger over the last three weeks. It's nice because when your neighbours are out you don't feel as isolated.

Neighbours on Highgate, Penwortham, dance to Sweet Caroline

"People come out and wave to each other and say it's nice to see everybody - it's a good end to the working day.

"We have even heard people on other roads who can hear it have come out and danced to out too. It's been mentioned on social media."

The track was made famous by singer Neil Diamond.

The musician wrote the song about his wife at the time - Marsha - but needed a three syllable name to fit.

Andy and Jen Green, pictured with son Eddie, two, have been entertaining neighbours by blasting out Sweet Caroline