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Coronavirus: Buildings lit up blue for NHS

Coronavirus: Buildings lit up blue for NHS

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 5:18pm 26th March 2020. (Updated at 8:05am 27th March 2020)

Landmarks across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale - including the Yorkshire Event Centre - were lit with blue lights last night in a show of support for NHS workers.   

  • Landmarks were lit up blue last night in a show of support for the NHS.
  • Buildings in Harrogate and Bradford were illuminated. 
  • The campaign was organised by events and entertainment leaders.

The #lightitblue campaign was organised by events and entertainment leaders.

All venues used existing LED technology to create the spontaneous flash of blue on facades and screens.

The lights on Bradford city centre buildings, including City Hall clock tower, were also lit up.

Speaking before last night's campaign, Gary White & Chuck Crampton, who co-started the #lightitblue campaign said:

“The events and entertainment industry finds itself in an unprecedented state of enforced inaction. The best thing we can do – apart from staying at home – is to use our skills and networks to say thank you to everyone who is supporting the NHS and risking their own health to help others during this pandemic.” 

"The campaign also invites people to join in at home by creating blue-themed images and videos and sharing them online with #makeitblue.  People can take part while staying safe indoors, by painting their bodies blue, wearing blue accessories or turning their social media backgrounds blue."

A ‘Clap For Carers’ event also took place.  

It saw thousands of people take part in a mass round of applause for those working in the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking before the round of applause, Councillor Sarah Ferriby Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places said:

“Bradford has a tremendous amount of community spirit and we know it is hard to be able to continue that sense of community when we are all keeping our distance and following the Stay At Home messages.

"The ‘Clap For Carers’ tonight is something that we can all join in with regardless of where we live. This is our way of showing our support for the immense effort and bravery our dedicated NHS workers have been showing to fight the coronavirus. I’d urge everyone to stop what they are doing at 8pm tonight and spend a few minutes to show their appreciation."