BEING under lockdown did little to dampen the spirit of the Roberts Bakery band as musicians found a way to perform together.

More than 20 members of the former Middlewich Town Band came together virtually to record a video dedicated to hardworking Roberts Bakery staff, the NHS and all key workers.

Playing from their respective homes, the musicians honoured the Covid-19 heroes with a special lockdown performance of ‘Soaring the Skies’.

The song was penned by the band’s musical director Paul Lovatt-Cooper, who says this it was a great way to honour the country’s dedicated workers.

He said: “We just had to do something to applaud all those people who are working so hard to keep the nation safe during the coronavirus crisis.

“This performance from our living rooms was our unique way of thanking them during the lockdown.

“The band really got into the spirit of things and the performance was brilliant, despite the distance between us all.

“It’s a far cry from a traditional performance and we hope that it helps to spread some happiness during these difficult times.”

The video features a montage of musicians from the band, which marked a 40-year partnership with Northwich-based Roberts Bakery earlier this year.

The musicians also remotely passed a slice of Roberts’ bread in a novel take on the childhood party game pass the parcel.

Lindsay Occleston, from Roberts Bakery, added: “We may be on lockdown, but we can still come together amid this pandemic.

“This remote performance was a wonderful way to pay tribute to the NHS and key workers, and also to our staff, who are working so hard to get bread onto shelves during the crisis.”