OFTEN, it's the little things that get you through – a random act of kindness, a little bit of self-care, even finding a new TV show or getting a bit of crisp, fresh air in between downpours.

The last 12 months have been difficult for everyone, and the power of a much-needed escape has never been so prominent.

Many have spent lockdown periods by spreading a little joy to their neighbour, reaching out to provide a little light entertainment.

And the Wee County has been no different, with some unlikely weekend heroes stepping in bring some respite from the world outside.

Among them, Stuart MacGregor and Susan Kempski shared their favourite songs, looks and dance moves through lockdown after hosting Live From the Diner.

Situated in their 50s diner style dining room, Stuart and Susan put together a playlist of their favourite songs and started sharing them online.

People from the Wee County have been providing some much needed entertainment throughout the lockdown months

People from the Wee County have been providing some much needed entertainment throughout the lockdown months

Stuart said: "I would say now more than ever because we have been in lockdown for coming up a year.

"It was fine right at the start when the weather was nice and people were getting out and about whereas now it's dark at night and people aren't going out."

Live from Alloa, brother and sister duo Iain Donald and Adele Gavin have been performing lockdown concerts from home as they believe music is the best medicine.

Known by the name Sister Gavin and The Gator, the duo are well-known in the Forth Valley area after a series of charity events through lockdown.

Last year their performances raised money for Play Alloa, Home-Start Stirling and the Falkirk and District Association for Mental Health, while they've continued their Sunday Facebook live streams throughout the pandemic.

As well as providing some much-needed lockdown entertainment, Iain told the Advertiser just how cathartic performing can be for the band too.

He said: "Outside of physical medicines, it's one of the most vital, important things to have. Not just for the people listening but for us as well."

Continuing to build up their fan base worldwide through their lockdown performances, Iain can't wait to get back to performing.

"It's even better when you're in the same room," he continued. "That energy, there's something extra about that. You can't really describe it.

"If you like what you're watching, times that by one thousand."

Elsewhere, Tillicoultry's Debbie Muirhead took matters into her own hands last April to brighten up the care homes around Clackmannanshire.

Alongside her fiancé Paul and friend Chris, Debbie took to the car parks of care homes to entertain residents and staff.

People from the Wee County have been providing some much needed entertainment throughout the lockdown months

People from the Wee County have been providing some much needed entertainment throughout the lockdown months

Performing country hits as well as songs from the 60s and 70s and any requests, Debbie found herself fully booked and had performed more than 30 gigs by the time the Advertiser spoke to her.

Not only was Debbie entertaining the residents and key workers, she wanted to show her appreciation too.

She added: "I just want to say thanks to them all."

Also entertaining care home residents was the Wee County's own Johnny Lee Memphis.

The famous Elvis impersonator surprised residents at Wallace View Care Home in Stirling last June and raised the roof with a performance in the sun.

Staff joined in too by dressing up for the hit song Jailhouse Rock while families living nearby were out dancing in their front gardens.

People from the Wee County have been providing some much needed entertainment throughout the lockdown months

People from the Wee County have been providing some much needed entertainment throughout the lockdown months

The care home's residents were also treated to ice cream and wore their summer clothes with hardly a cloud in sight.

Johnny Lee said there was a "great" atmosphere on the day and added: "It was nice to bring a bit of joy to people in these dark times."

Also entertaining from home was John and Tricia Allan, who were told their videos were more entertaining than Ant and Dec.

The Tullibody couple are used to spending their weekends away or on nights out, so they had to use their imagination to get through lockdown.

Initially starting off with a mop and some tinfoil, the props budget stretched far enough for a blow-up microphone and guitar, as well as some wigs and costumes.

"It's an unbelievable reaction we've had so far and it keeps people happy," John said. "We're getting comments saying it's better than Ant and Dec.

People from the Wee County have been providing some much needed entertainment throughout the lockdown months

People from the Wee County have been providing some much needed entertainment throughout the lockdown months

"It's just to get through lockdown and make a few people happy, you're wanting to give people a wee bit of joy."

John continued: "We're all trying to get through it the best we can, if we can have a laugh with a few other people then that's good.

"It's purely just to keep everybody entertained and happy on a Saturday night through lockdown and hopefully it's not too long until we're out of it."

The ideas are humble, but the impact they have had on others in Clacks is immeasurable.