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GALLERY: Rainbow drawings spread cheer across Black Country and Staffordshire

Brightly coloured rainbow drawings have been brightening up homes and spreading cheer across the Midlands.

A facebook initiative, picked up by schools in and around the county, suggested that families draw and paint rainbows and put them in their windows.

And the results are fantastic, putting smiles on the faces of all those that see them.

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The windows of Wall Heath Coffee Co in Kingswinford boast an uplifting display of rainbow pictures designed and drawn by local children.

Owner Maria Psaras decided to set up the display to spread some happiness in the community, to lift the spirits of locals amidst the coronavirus crisis.

The 36-year-old, who has two children herself, said: “I wanted to do this to make people smile, and spread happiness to everyone in the community.

“I know we are all to be self-isolating, but I wanted key workers and those still forced to go to work to drive or walk past the shop and smile at the display in these difficult times.

“We also have a lot of dog walkers and a lot of elderly that walk past the shop and I feel it is also important to make them happy too.”

Maria has run the coffee shop for just more than 12 months with her 67-year-old mother Anna Psaras.

They both decided to close the shop last Friday before the government enforced closures of all pubs, restaurants and cafes.

Maria added: "I did not want to take the risk, even offering takeaway or collection of food and coffee. It was a massive shock to the system when the government told us to close, it was quite upsetting really as it is my livelihood."

Maria has two children, Theo, aged seven, who has also contributed to the colourful display, and seven-month-old Charlie.

She said: "It is such a scary time for the children as they are constantly hearing so much about the world so it is nice to get them involved in something creative and fun."

Maria’s display is one of many across the UK designed to lift spirits in the crisis, with the hashtag #ChaseTheRainbow

By Lucy Jones

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