TALENTED youngsters at Largs Youth Theatre brought some virtual festive cheer to the town with a special music video.

The kids recorded their parts of Olly Murs’ ‘Dear Darlin’ in their own homes, before coming together and miming for the camera to comply with the current regulations.

Creative Director Laura Edison says making the lockdown piece was hard work but worth it to bring the youngsters and locals some joy.

She said: “I wanted to do something with the kids as a performance piece that we could put online, and music videos seem to be a popular thing at the minute.

“We had to record them singing individually and then bring them the clips together.

“The kids have been really excited just to see how many views the video has been getting and the feedback has been great.”

The Youth Theatre was forced online last the year as the pandemic hit but Laura believes this has created an opportunity for more youngsters to get involved.

She said: “We started holding weekly classes and having solo lessons which we had never done before.

“We were lucky to get a lot of funding which meant the programmes we were offering were for free.

“That meant our classes were opened up to a lot of kids who weren’t necessarily from Largs and who couldn’t always afford to get involved.

“It was very different but at the same time really positive."

Largs Youth Theatre is looking forward to a busy 2021, with lots of shows to catch up on that were missed during the pandemic.

Laura added: “We will have to wait until we get to Tier 3 again and then we can hopefully do indoor classes with smaller numbers.

“We are working out what we can offer the kids going forward, and if we can do anything online in the new year.

“We had big shows and productions planned that we weren’t able to do, so we want to make sure they happen.

“We can just change the dates and try and keep the kids motivated about doing the shows. We are hopeful at this stage.”

You can watch the Olly Murs cover on the Largs Youth Theatre Facebook page.