On Thursday night, people around the UK came out en-masse to join the public campaign 'Clap For Our Carers' – a round of applause for NHS workers on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic.
The events industry sent a message of thanks to healthcare heroes to coincide with the 8pm round of applause. Participating venues and landmarks used LED technology to illuminate their facades and screens blue.
More than 60 theatres, cathedrals, castles, stadiums, venues and landmarks joined the #lightitblue campaign, including 20 Association of Event Venues (AEV) members.
A spokesperson for the #lightitblue campaign said: “The events and entertainment industry finds itself in an unprecedented state of enforced inaction. The best thing we could do, apart from staying home and looking after our families, was to send out a massive thank you to all of the healthcare professionals who are risking their own health to save people made seriously ill by the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Rachel Parker, AEV director said, “We are proud to have been a part of the #lightitblue project team, and I’m delighted so many AEV members were able to take part in #lightitblue without risking the health of their employees.”
Here are some of the industry’s best reactions on social media.
THANK YOU ?? to all of the incredible NHS and front line staff who are fighting to keep our country safe during these unprecedented times ?? We are eternally grateful #WeAreTopBanana #ClapForOurCarers pic.twitter.com/vaZAt82KvN— Top Banana (@WeAreTopBanana) March 26, 2020
The NEC Group and all our businesses would like to say a great big thank you to our #NHSheroes who are working so hard for us. #ThankYouNHS #lightitblue #clapforourcarers ?? ?? pic.twitter.com/bmLW62r9F5— NEC Group (@thenecgroup) March 26, 2020
#LightItBlue saw venues across UK turning blue to say thank you to NHS workers. Then there was an event - thousands applauding the dedication of our NHS #ThankYouNHS. #EventsareGREAT - Bringing people together to share & recognize brilliance.— BVEP (@bvep_uk) March 27, 2020
Words or clapping can’t really say how thankful we are to the @NHSuk but it was amazing and emotional to be part of one of those life moments we will all remember and look back on. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! #NHSheroes #NHSThankYou #nhsapplause #eventprofs #eventprofslive pic.twitter.com/s3R0s83P3F— Eventprofslive (@eventprofslive) March 27, 2020
To every single one of our NHS staff working diligently throughout this challenging time – we, EventCity, salute you! Tonight, our venue will light up blue to shine a light on your dedication & signify our appreciation. Thank You!??#LightItBlue #MakeItBlue #EventProfs pic.twitter.com/tQNfAcLBUT— EventCity Limited (@EventCityUK) March 26, 2020
When did we ever stand so strong.... together? @NHSuk emotional and proud. That was part of history and our world is changing before our eyes.— Holly Moore (@HollyMoore) March 26, 2020
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