AN ELVIS Presley impersonator was the star of the show as a village celebrated the end of lockdown with a party to tackle loneliness.

The South Leigh community came together at the end of September after the parish council received a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund.

The party saw a free hog roast, Aunt Sally, tug of war, slowest bike race and entertainment from tribute singer, Elvis K Presley.

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South Leigh Parish Council chair Nicky Brooks said: “The get together created the opportunity for everyone in the community to get over lockdown blues and pandemic isolation.

“After a damp start to the day, it cleared perfectly for residents to arrive to the delicious aroma of roast hog.

“To ensure that we reached everyone, we hand delivered flyers to every single household in the parish and asked folks to bring anyone who had found it hard to get out and about during lockdown.”

Regarding loneliness, Mrs Brooks said: “We are a small but spread out community and believe that through our comprehensive communication with residents via letterbox drop, social media and email, we do get to everyone, but we need to be truly resilient.

“We want to ensure that nobody is isolated or slips through the net.”