A man who described his neighbours as a “big family” has built a hatch in their shared fence so they can enjoy a socially-distanced drink.
Kris Hindley, 39, from Aldridge, created the hatch with his neighbour Tony Bennison, 54, when lockdown began and they could no longer socialise.
“It was a week going into lockdown,” Mr Hindley told the PA news agency. “Obviously we can’t do socialising but we’ve always had a drink together, there’s only so much you can do shouting over the fence.”
The two created the hatch over a weekend using hinges and other DIY equipment they had already.
He explained that before the hatch, the two families would take benches into their own front gardens for a socially-distanced chat.
“We don’t stop using it now,” Mr Hindley said, adding that he would keep using the hatch after lockdown is lifted.
Mr Hindley told PA: “My daughter’s 15 and my son’s 12 and they’ve got older children that live there, we all get on, we’re like a big family anyway, we always used to socialise together.”