Article and Photographs: Jonathan White
Households nationwide gathered at windows, on doorsteps and in front gardens at 5pm on Sunday 5th July 2020 for a ‘pause for applause’ to applaud and pay tribute to NHS staff on the 72nd anniversary of the health service.
The round of clapping was inspired by the weekly Clap for Carers initiative to thank key workers during the height of the coronavirus pandemic.
In addition, in Nantwich, North West Ambulance Service – First Responders parked on Barony Park to sound their sirens, whilst across the park Mark and Mandy played tunes on their saxophones to residents and passing pedestrians on Park View.
On Saturday 4th July, the day before the birthday, UK landmarks were lit up blue in celebration and remembrance including Downing Street, the Royal Albert Hall, Blackpool Tower, the Shard and the Wembley Arch.
The establishment of the NHS was spearheaded by Labour MP and then minister of health Aneurin Bevan after the Second World War to provide medical care free at point-of-need to all Britons, regardless of wealth.