TWO young singers and a teenage bagpiper from the Vale melted hearts when they performed outside care homes to isolated pensioners on lockdown.

Vale boys Jack Mullen, 13, and Alfie King, 12, recorded a heart-warming video of them entertaining residents at several care homes and posted it to Facebook.

In the video, which has more than 287,000 views and 6,000 likes, Jack and Alfie sing classics Hey Jude, Beautiful Sunday and Caledonia as well as more recent modern hits.

Jack’s mother, Charlene, told the Reporter: “It was really lovely, the staff and residents were up dancing and they were very grateful at the end as the boys spoke to them through the window – some were quite emotional.

“They have been working hard to keep this community in high spirit. They want to look out for others during this difficult time with entertainment for the elderly.”

Alfie’s mother, Tracy, added: "I couldn’t be prouder of them. To come up with the idea as a couple of boys of their’s great for them to want to do that.”

Alfie added: “It’s upsetting not to be in the care home with them, but it’s the little things you can do.”

The pair hit the headlines in January when a video of them singing The Beatles’ hit Let It Be, while travelling to their home in Alexandria after a gig at King Tut’s in Glasgow, became an internet sensation.

Annette Gillies, manager of Northwood House, Helensburgh, where the duo performed, added: “The residents thoroughly enjoyed it and it cheered up the ladies all missing out on spending time with their families on this special day due to visiting restrictions.”

Similarly, piper Mark Morrison, 14, travelled to around five local care homes in five hours after being inspired by a member of the bagpipe group The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, who did a similar act of kindness in Dunblane.

His live videos were watched by thousands of viewers as he broadcast on Sunday, March 22, and they were perfect for Mother’s Day viewing since people were unable to visit their family due to coronavirus safety measures.

Mark’s mother, Mhorag Morrison, told the Reporter: “He wanted to bring some joy to others through his piping and thought Mother’s Day would be ideal.

“It was emotional, but not from Mark’s point of view as everyone was happy when he was singing and piping.

“It was when you looked around and families were talking to their relatives through windows and couldn’t get into see them, that was the sad part and, of course, some of the residents were unable to understand why their families couldn’t come in.”

In the clips, Mark can be seen playing classics like Scotland the Brave before taking to the microphone to sing for the audience indoors.

Mhorag added: “As a family, we are very proud of Mark. He’s brought a lot of joy to many people, the messages we have received have been amazing.

“He’s promised to visit the ones he missed and when this is over, go back to all the care homes and meet the residents he visited.”