Thousands across the West Country join together to clap for NHS and key workers fighting coronavirus

Well as the lockdown continues, people across the region are finding new and inventive ways to try to keep people's spirits up. Whether it's shaving heads, singing in the street or clapping for our healthcare workers for the second week running.

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Thousands across the West Country gathered outside to clap their hands for the NHS and key workers yesterday evening (Thursday 2 April).

The fire service joined in clapping to show their appreciate for key workers Credit: Weston-super-Mare Fire Station

As 8pm hit, residents across the region made as much noise as they could, in gardens, out windows and on balconies.

It was the second week households came together to Clap for Carers, filling villages, towns and cities with the noise of cheers and whoops.

Several police and fire stations across the region showed their support for key workers.

Blue flashing lights were also turned on to pay tribute to all NHS staff.

In Plymouth, as staff left Derriford hospital, they were greeted by local Devon and Cornwall Police staff.

Officers had turned the vehicle lights and sirens on in solidarity for workers fighting coronavirus.

In Penryn, Cornwall, as the sun set, cheers and claps were heard for miles.

Other residents in Bristol took the opportunity to make as much noise as possible.

Anu and her husband Dhiru Pandit took out their tabla for the applause in Brentry.

Their neighbour Les Oram caught it all on camera.

Yesterday evening, to coincide with 8pm Clap for Carers, ITV paused all broadcasting to show its support for the NHS and other key workers.

They hoped by putting a brief stop to all programming, it would encourage people to go outside and join with the thousands of cheers and clapping.