AN inflatable T Rex taking to the streets, painting rainbows on windows and handing out flowers for Mother's Day were just some of the more positive ways people have reacted to the coronavirus crisis.

Liam Staveley, 27, decided to put a smile on people's faces as he donned a T Rex costume and decided to go around a number of locations in Bradford.

The commercial manager at Bristol Street Motors Renault and Dacia Bradford, based in Thornton Road, decided to buy the costume and dress up in the Jurassic attire.


The inflatable T Rex not only went for a walk around the dealership and for a jog down Thornton Road, but also went out to Rooley Lane, giving a thumbs up to drivers just before they went on to the M606.

Mr Staveley, who is usually a rugby league referee, also wore the costume to go to the McDonald's drive through in Ingelby Road, Bradford.

He decided to do the goodwill gesture after his own wedding, scheduled for next month, was postponed due to the outbreak.

He said: "With everything going on at the moment, people dying, I wanted to do something to put a smile on people's faces.

"It was just a bit of a laugh. Coronavirus has brought the whole world to a halt, this is just a distraction from it all.

"I was meant to be getting married next month, but we've had to cancel now."

Mr Staveley added he was buoyed by people's positive reactions to his unusual adventure.

He said: "People kept beeping their cars as they went past me. Others were asking for photos with me.

"Somebody else challenged me to do press-ups in the costume."

Olivia Bialkowska, business manager at Bristol Street Motors, said: "Liam wanted to get a few people smiling.

"He bought the T Rex costume himself, he just wants to spread some joy.

"He had people in fits of jiggles."

Meanwhile, Saltaire residents have been urged to bring a bit of colour to the windows of their homes.

The #hellosaltaire project, which launches tomorrow, is calling on village residents to make art of their windows.

The scheme has been inspired by children in Spain who painted rainbows and positive messages for their neighbours, to spread a little joy.

Anyone who takes part can send photos and the stories behind the artwork to:

The art will be displayed on Saltaire Living Advent Calendar's Facebook and Instagram from Monday.

It might have been a very odd Mother's Day yesterday, but a Bradford organisation rallied round to hand out bouquets of flowers to deserving women as part of a kindhearted gesture.

A group of 100 special women received the special Mother's Day gift..

Howie Javed, as specialist of mental health training from Bradford, bought 100 bouquets of flowers to give out this weekend.

Gianna Baby Bank Plus were given 20 of these bouquets, which their kindhearted staff handed out today.

Gianna Baby Bank, run by Catholic Care, offers baby equipment such as baby clothes, nappies, toiletries, prams, and Moses baskets to pregnant mums and their new-born babies.

Ingrid Saraceni Fernandes, of Gianna Baby Bank, said: "We will pass these bouquets to our single mums today.

"In times like this, community has really got together.

"I feel blessed to be part of this community."