Blue Hue to Say Thank You
South Shields Town Hall will be lit up in a blue hue this Saturday (3 July) to mark the 73rd anniversary of the NHS.
Along with landmarks across the country, the lighting up of the building in the colours of the NHS will serve to remind everyone of the fantastic role it has played throughout the pandemic.
This year will also see the first NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers' Day on 5 July to mark the efforts of all those who cared for people and kept supply chains open and essential services running. A special flag will fly above the Town hall to mark the day.
The Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Pat Hay, said: "For more than a year NHS staff and other key workers have been fighting a ruthless invisible enemy.
"So many have literally put their lives on the line to make sure the rest of us have been cared for and have not had to go without.
"As restrictions start to ease thanks to the world-leading vaccination programme, we must not forget those who were there for us in the most difficult of times. This is an opportunity to remember them and all those who have sadly lost their lives to the pandemic."
On July 5 people are encouraged to mark a two minute silence at 11am, join in a toast at 1pm and take part in a Clap for Heroes at 8pm.
The Mayor added: "By lighting up our beautiful Town Hall we are uniting with people across the UK to show our thanks and respect to our wonderful NHS.
"I would urge everyone in the Borough to show their support for all those who have helped in the fight against Covid."
To view a message from the Mayor in support of the day, visit https://youtu.be/do1Wu7RPxlY