Grandparents' funky dance moves are TikTok hit

A fun-loving couple’s nifty dancing has won them thousands of fans after they posted a videos of  their best moves online.

Thursday, 18th March 2021, 12:30 pm

Grandparents Joan and Jimmy O’Shaughnessy created their TikTok account during the first Covid-19 lockdown in 2020 after seeing a friend post a recording of a dance on video-sharing site, TikTok.

The keen dancers, of Churchtown, near Southport, saw it as a way of carrying on their hobby in lockdown.

But their videos have since gained more than 400,000 followers on TikTok from all over the world.

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Jimmy and Joan

After their recent video went viral, they gained 36,000 followers in just one day.

Jimmy, 68, who used to work as a manager at British Aerospace in Preston, said: ‘‘We’ve been astonished by the amount of interest that there has been from all over the world, it’s been crazy.

‘‘We have followers from Nepal, Indonesia, Russia and Germany; just sort of all over the world.’

‘‘It is definitely about positivity; if we lighten a little bit of the lives of the people who follow us, then great, we’re thankful for it.’’

Jimmy and Joan in 1970

Joan, 67, said: ‘‘I go through the comments and try to reply to them all.

‘‘If someone asks a question, I’ll answer it, that’s one of the things I try to do – I think if people have been through the trouble of commenting then it’s only fair to try and read the comments.

‘‘But when you get something like 25,000 comments like our recent video, I can’t reply to them all!

‘‘We are grateful for their support and encouragement; you get a lot of the same people who come on our videos and leave us a message and we are very grateful for that.’’