York’s most enduring monuments were transformed into a giant tribute to the city’s key workers tonight.
The city walls and Clifford’s Tower were lit up in blue as a huge thank you to all those going above and beyond to help people during this unprecedented time.
As thousands of residents came out in force to applaud NHS staff, those working in social care and essential workers across the city, City of York Council showed its own support.
The city walls and Clifford’s Tower will be lit blue on Thursdays over the coming weeks as a sign of York’s continued support for everyone working to fight the outbreak of coronavirus.
Council leader Keith Aspden said:
We have been overwhelmed by the city’s response to this crisis and this evening’s ‘Clap For Our Carers’ is a great opportunity to show our thanks to all the workers in the city who have stepped up to make sure the needs of the most vulnerable are met during this unprecedented time.
I would like to personally give my thanks to all health staff, including the NHS, those still working in supermarkets, customer services and our own frontline staff, who have all persevered to ensure York’s communities remain safe and supported.
Meanwhile, people old and young across York came out on their doorstep or stood at their windows to #ClapForNHS, #ClapForCarers and #ClapForKeyWorkers.