THREE siblings have refused to let coronavirus restrictions stop them from celebrating Easter Bendigo-style.
Ascot residents Josh, Blake and Piper are performing lion dances in their front yard for family and neighbours.
The trio usually perform during the Easter Festival and the Bendigo Chinese Association lion team dancers were not going to let the event's cancellation get in their way, mother Hayley Walden-Dickie said.
"They train really, really hard all year for their performances, especially the waking of the imperial dragon," she said.
"They also host visiting teams that come from all across Australia to perform with them.
"So they were obviously devastated that all their hard work wasn't going to come to fruition this year."
Hayley and husband Kris decided that simply would not do.
They set up chairs out the front on their driveway on Saturday evening and watched their children perform in the front yard.
"We drew a blue line on the concrete and get behind it like we would every year and let them do their thing," she said.
"They were performing for about half-an-hour. A few kids from the neighbourhood were looking out their windows."
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The suburban lion team dancers have decided they may even do it again today, Mrs Walden-Dickie said.
"It brings a bit of cheer and maybe helps people look forward to bigger and better things next year. The Easter Fair's organisers were getting ready to celebrate 150 years in 2020."
Mrs Walden-Dickie's oldest child, 19-year-old Josh, has been with the lion team for eight years.
Twelve-year-old Blake has performed for four and nine-year-old Piper has been part of it for two.
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They have had to stop training with teammates as social distancing restrictions have tightened but their coach has urged them to keep fitness levels up and to keep practicing important stances.
"We are lucky enough that we do actually have a lion at home, so they've been able to pick it up and train with it," Ms Walden-Dickie said.
"A lot of their teammates don't have lions so they are using washing baskets, towels and whatever they can get their hands on, really."
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