A former nursing auxiliary has brought laughter in lockdown to Kilbarchan householders by dressing up as a different character every week of the Clap for Carers.

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Janet Coupland has embodied everyone from the Queen to Mrs Brown in a bid to bring some light-hearted fun to her friends on Wheatlands Drive.

Janet, who worked for the NHS for 37 years, delighted her neighbours with her Mrs Brown impression when the Clap for Carers began on March 26.

And the outfit was such as success, the 66-year-old was asked what she was going to do next.

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She told the Express: “It was going to be one-off. I dressed up as Mrs Brown as a laugh. It was for my old colleagues and friends, to give them some support.

“That was until the wee girl across the road said what are you going to dress up as next week.

“I was happy to do it, to get everyone in the spirit and help show how much the NHS does for us.

“It brings light to a horrible situation.”

Janet has since used the 8pm clap every Thursday to showcase the best of her dressing up wardrobe.

She has walked her neighbourhood dressed as a disco dancer, the Crooked Man and most recently the Queen.

The fun-loving retiree spent a week practising her royal wave before she stood on a “red carpet” at her door and took part in the final national applause for key workers.

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“I have never laughed so much,” she said. “My neighbour next door took me to the next street to show everyone my royal wave.

“Everyone likes the Queen. They thought it was hilarious.

“But for me, Mrs Brown was the best, I really like that show.”

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Janet admits she has a long history of dressing up, even on the wards of the hospital when someone needed cheering up.

The former Paisley Maternity Hospital worker has been devoted to the Clap for Carers initiative as she has first hand experience of working for the NHS.

She said: “I was a nursing auxiliary and then did phlebotomy. It was a brilliant job and I loved it.

“There is a lot of hard work that goes on in the NHS and a lot of it behind closed doors so this has been great.”

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Clap for Carers ran from March 26 to April 6 when millions of people from across the UK stood on the steps of their home and clapped for NHS staff, carers and other key workers who were helping in the fight against Covid-19.