GRATEFUL Islanders in isolation showed their appreciation for frontline NHS staff amid the coronavirus epidemic by applauding from their homes last week.

The Clap For the NHS event filled the Island's streets on March 26, with the sound of residents leaning from their windows to express gratitude for the front line staff pushing through the Covid-19 crisis.

John Brodie, pipe major for the Isle of Wight Highland Pipes and Drums, said: "I live in Calbourne and the village was planning to take part in clapping and separately pipers around the world were encouraged to play Amazing Grace which members of the group took part in from their homes.

"After I'd finished playing, all the residents cheered and clapped from their homes in support of our NHS and key workers who are doing everything to keep us safe and well during this difficult time."

Cyril Daish wrote on Facebook: "I live in the Fairway (Lake) and at 8pm I went outside the front door to give a clap for the wonderful NHS. Everybody in the road was clapping loudly.

"I could not resist blowing a couple of trumpet fanfares which was greatly appreciated. What a marvellous atmosphere."

More clapping is expected at 8pm tonight.