Lancaster and Morecambe residents - and NHS staff - clap for their community heroes

Thousands of people across the Lancaster district stood on their doorsteps and clapped in support of all the people on the frontline caring for our community.

Friday, 3rd April 2020, 11:59 am
Updated Friday, 3rd April 2020, 12:00 pm

At 8pm on Thursday, front doors were opened and families clapped, whistled, whooped, banged saucepans and even set off fireworks as a mark of respect to everyone currently working in the care and public service community.

The "Clap for Carers" tribute is now expected to take place every Thursday evening.

NHS staff and other key workers dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, including delivery drivers, supermarket staff, care workers and bin collectors, were among those honoured by the nation.

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Staff at the RLI joined in the applause on Thursday evening.

And at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, emergency workers and NHS staff also joined in the applause.

Iona Miller, who is a patient flow co-ordinator for A&E at the RLI, shared a video on Facebook of staff clapping.

"Love my NHS family," she posted.

Many people commented on social media how emotional the clap was.

Dolly Mason said: "All the best wishes to the NHS and you’re all doing a good job, and the best wishes to the all people that help us to stay safe thanks"

Alison Birtle said: "Thank you so much for clapping for the NHS tonight. I cried."

Sandie Perrins wrote: "At least the NHS realise how much we appreciate them. So proud of our wonderful NHS workers x"

Kelly Leeming said: "We did top of warton...and the noise travelling across was amazing..clapping, cheering, horns..amazing xx"

Gill Dougherty posted: "Clapped at Wellington Rd, Lancaster, the whole street was out. We heard other streets as well. Makes me proud!"

Dawn Downie wrote: "It was emotional.where I am n Heysham I was out clapping but u could hear car horns a and fireworks were going off. Amazing"

Mandy House said: "Appreciate everyone who is working so hard at this difficult time. THANK YOU"

Tim Stannard said: "I must confess, I filled up hearing Bentham clap, whistle and cheer."

And Joanne Plested summed up everyone's thoughts when she posted: "Huge respect for all key workers....NHS, but also the carers, supermarket workers, haulage/truck drivers, police, fire fighters, refuge collection, essential workers in our local shops and more... (most don’t get recognition they deserve) They all deserve our respect for the risk they are taking to get us all through this dreadful virus."

Last week's inaugural event paid tribute to NHS workers working on the frontline of the pandemic.

The initiative was devised by Annemarie Plas, from Brixton, London, who was inspired by same event happening in her home country of the Netherlands, and in many other countries.

Ms Plas posted details of the event on her social media channels, and enthusiasm for taking part quickly spread across the UK.