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Claps and cheers across the region for NHS staff and all other key workers

People across the East joined the rest of the UK in a second "Clap for our Carers" tribute. Last night, 2 April, members of the public took to the streets to salute NHS staff and all other key workers who are helping to get us through the coronavirus pandemic.

It comes one week after people made their way out onto their doorsteps and balconies to applaud the NHS for the first time.

Those who empty our bins, deliver our post and drive our trains were among those cheered for by the nation. Many people blew whistles and rattled pots and pans to show their appreciation.

People in the East use pots, pans and tins to show their gratitude Credit: ITV News Anglia
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The Clap For Carers campaign started online. The organisers said it was needed because “during these unprecedented times they [NHS staff] need to know we are grateful”.

Since then, people have taken to social media to post uplifting videos of the national round of applause using the hashtags #clapforcarers and #NHSheroes.

Clapping in Mulbarton, Norfolk Credit: ITV News Anglia

Emergency Services in our region came together to applaud their colleagues and other key workers, like this group of police officers, fire fighters and ambulance crew at the Port of Felixstowe:

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Despite still having mild symptoms for coronavirus, Prime Minister Boris Johnson stood outside his home in Downing Street to applaud the NHS.

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ITV paused its programming last night at 8pm to encourage members of the public to applause our key workers.

As normal programming came off air TV screens showed messages encouraging them to donate to NHS Charities Together Covid-19 fundraiser.

"ITV is joining the rest of the country in thanking everyone in the NHS and carers who are doing such a vital and fantastic role - so we will pause our programming at 8pm to applaud the heroes within the NHS for the remarkable efforts they are making, and raise as much money for NHS charities as we can thanks to our viewers’ generosity."

– Carolyn McCall, Chief Executive at ITV

The event is now expected to happen every Thursday at 8pm.

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