A NEILSTON woman has been cheering up her neighbours amid the gloom of coronavirus by displaying her diverse collection of gnomes.

Jenny Finnigan, 27, posted some colourful pictures of the diminutive friends guarding her home on Facebook, along with the caption: “Thought I’d bring some brightness in my street to those in isolation.”

In less than six hours, the Facebook post had received more than 100 likes, which was a surprise for Jenny.

“People usually tease me because I’m 27 and collect gnomes,” Jenny told the Barrhead News.

“I just put them out on Sunday for the first time, so people who are walking in front of the house can see them.

“Two people who were walking their dogs told me that seeing the gnomes there had really cheered them up.

“Then my neighbour messaged me to say that it was so nice to see the gnomes out.”

Jenny owns around 40 different gnomes, ranging from bumblebees to Queen Elizabeth II, which she has been collecting for around a year.

She said: “I don’t know what started it, I just remember the first gnome I bought was a unicorn, then I got a wizard, then a witch and I just kept buying more and more.

“I like them because they are different and brighten up the garden.”

Jenny is a sales assistant at a sports store which is now closed due to the coronavirus outbreak and she hopes her gnomes will provide some light relief for those who are self-isolating.

She added: “I was planning on getting two more gnomes but my sister is in self-isolation, so I can’t get them now.

“I’ll probably need to stop buying them at some point when I run out of room but I do have a huge back garden, so I might start moving them there.”