A DJ has raised more than £3,000 for community charities in Irvine as he wraps up months of lockdown sets that took him from his garden to Rugby Park.

Elliot Boyce, like many in the live music industry, will never forget the time coronavirus halted his regular weekends of playing tunes to families celebrating or packed out dance halls.

Instead, the 23-year-old can look back at a time where he brought weekend entertainment to thousands of viewers of tuned in every Saturday.

The high energy sets received rave reviews from his Girdle Toll garden with neighbours listening in. In total Elliot received an incredible half a million views in 19 weeks.

Elliot told the Times: “ It all started when I was outside having a few beers in the garden. It was my neighbours daughters 17th birthday – so I got the speaker out and was playing some tunes.

“My mum was watching it on House Party but not everyone had that, so I decided to go on Facebook Live and it just built from there.”

Determined to use his mega popular shows to help those most vulnerable during the coronavirus crisis, Elliot set up a fundraising page and his Lockdown Live shows started to rake in the cash for community groups.

Through competitions, raffles and generous donations each week the IrvineBeat FM DJ has raised £3,632.03. Funds will be split three ways, with donations to Fullarton Community and Vineburgh Community hubs. Elliot is also going to partner with GetFed with £1210.67 going towards meals, toiletries and a selection of goodies for people who are in need across North Ayrshire.

Elliot said: “It was an amazing buzz to see that thousands of people were on every week and they were loving it.

“People would plan their weekend around it. I would go into Tesco and people would be shouting over at me saying they were looking forward to it again. I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who tuned in and to all the sponsors.”

As lockdown restrictions eased Elliot’s show hit the road, entertaining an engagement party in North Ayrshire, playing Rugby Park in Kilmarnock.

The two shows raised cash for Ayrshire Cancer Support and the Kilmarnock Community Sports Trust.