Sonia slips into something fruity for daily excercise routine to raise Corby residents' spirits

Corby Slimming World consultant Sonia Mathieson wanted to put a smile on neighbours' faces

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A Corby mum has left people's sides splitting donning a banana costume as a new way to keep her neighbours entertained during the coronavirus lockdown.

Sonia Mathieson, a Slimming World consultant, has been taking her dog Brandy on their daily walk around Corby's Lloyds estate but today she slipped into her banana costume to entertain the residents.

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She said: "I put it on because I wanted to cheer people up. There's a lot of people stuck indoors. When I came out the door it was quiet and I felt a bit nervous and tentative but as I went on I got my confidence.

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Bonkers banana banter

"People were waving at me. Someone shouted out of the window 'there's a banana' and cars beeped at me.

"A mum and a daughter, on bikes, stopped and took a socially-distanced selfie with me. I've had lots of smiles and waves, it's been brilliant."

When resident Mark Pengelly saw the banana-costumed Sonia he could not believe his eyes.

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He said: "It was absolutely brilliant. It's made a real difference and cheered me up. With this and all the rainbows and teddies in the windows, it's what people need and making things a bit better for everyone social distancing and in isolation."

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Banana woman - Sonia Mathieson with dog Brandy

Sonia has been carrying on her daily fitness regime and moved her Slimming World classes online using video conferencing system Zoom.

She said: "When the coronavirus lockdown hit, it changed everything. I went through a sort of grieving process but I'm lucky. I've got my family.

"You see the daily death tolls as an an antidote I put on the banana costume

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"A banana is 'free food' so that's why I chose the costume. Now I've gone and ordered a strawberry too because that's healthy too.

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Best fruit forward

"Keeping active is so important. Being active helps you stay healthy and it's put a smile on people's faces too."

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