STAFF at a popular Cawthorne farm didn’t let coronavirus get in the way of their VE Day celebrations yesterday as they were treated to a special brass performance - all while maintaining social distancing.

John Hopkinson played a few wartime songs on the cornet for the staff at Cannon Hall Farm yesterday.

John, who was farmer Robert Nicholson’s former tutor at Barnsley College, entertained the staff with renditions of Roll out the Barrel, White Cliffs of Dover and the Last Post followed by a two minutes’ silence.

Robert and David Nicholson were also joined by Fern the highland cow and Alfie the alpaca who had red, white, and blue decorations on their harnesses to mark the occasion.

The event was live-streamed onto the Farm’s Facebook page for people who are unable to visit the farm to enjoy.

Speaking in the livestream, farmer Robert said: “We are honoured to have Super John here to play some wartime songs for us.

“John was my tutor at college and I remember he had a sheepdog that he brought into classes with him but it sometimes used to bite us. He took an almost unteachable 16 year old and made learning fun and from that we have forged a life long friendship.”

To watch the livestream click here.