The touching moment a Scots aunt was hugged by her loved ones for the first time in more than three months has been caught on camera.

Senga Morrison, from Saltcoats in North Ayrshire, lives alone and had been unable to cuddle her great nieces and nephews since the beginning of lockdown in late March.

The 61-year-old was unaware of a rule change meaning children under 12 can now embrace their extended family, prompting her loved ones to plan an amazing surprise.

She was enjoying a socially-distanced meet up in a relative’s garden when great-nephew Andrew, nine, pulled her in for a massive cuddle.

Senga, 61, had no idea that the rules had changed

After being reassured that it was now allowed, emotional Senga broke down in tears as great-niece Maisie, eight, joined in on the action.

Niece Emma Brown said: “She’s always loved hugging her great nieces and nephews, they’re her life.

“So I think she has found it very, very hard not to be able to give them a hug or hold their hand while crossing the road if she’s seen them.

“When we realised that she hadn’t heard the announcement, we decided to spring the kids on her.”

Maisie, 8, Senga, 61, and Andrew, 9

Earlier this week Nicola Sturgeon announced that from Friday children under 12 can play with their pals outside and can hug their aunties, uncles and cousins thanks to an easing of restrictions.

Andrew approached Senga under the guise of showing her a rash on his arm before being called back by his mum to apply hand sanitiser.

But just seconds later, he grabbed his aunt in for a massive cuddle leaving his loved one completely shocked.

Emma added: “The kids had already hugged my mum and dad which was lovely but obviously they’ve got each other.

“But seeing Senga, who lives alone, and the reaction on her face as well, it was just wonderful.

“It was so emotional watching it. We just knew that she would love it.

“She’s already been back for some more hugs on the doorstep.”