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Skyline to become a beacon of blue for moment of remembrance and #NHSBirthday

Wakefield Town Hall clock tower, the historic city walls of York and Harrogate’s Nightingale Hospital are just a few of the landmarks which will #LightItBlue on the evening of Saturday 4 July – the eve of the 72nd Birthday of the NHS.

NHS72 graphic for anniversary on 5 July

It's the 72nd anniversary of the NHS on 5 July

Other iconic landmarks across England which will #LightItBlue on Saturday evening for the NHS Birthday will include Blackpool Tower, the Royal Albert Hall, The Shard and Wembley Arch.

This will be a moment of remembrance and reflection for those we have lost during the coronavirus pandemic and a chance for the nation to come together to pay respects.

On Sunday 5 July, the day the NHS was founded, the whole country will come together at 5pm to applaud all those who have helped the NHS respond to the pandemic and recognise the vital community connections that continue to support us all.

Broadcasters will suspend normal transmissions at 5pm.

Everybody will be encouraged to stop what they're doing and join with others in their streets or neighbourhoods to applaud not just the NHS and other key workers but all those who have volunteered or helped keep services and community networks going.

Wakefield Town Hall clock tower will also again be lit up blue.

NHS Wakefield CCG Chief Officer Jo Webster said: "This year has been the most challenging in NHS history, with staff displaying extraordinary dedication, skill and compassion to care for patients with COVID-19.

"The NHS's anniversary this year offers us the opportunity to say thank you to brilliant NHS staff and people across the nation, from bus drivers and teachers to care staff and food retailers, by coming together at 5pm on 5 July to pause and recognise all the work which has taken place in the last months."