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Clap for Carers returning for the 72nd birthday of the NHS on Sunday

Clap for Carers will be returning this Sunday to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the NHS.

People across Kent and the rest of the country are being asked to stand on their doorstep at 5pm and make some noise for our essential workers. NHS bosses hope to now make it an annual celebration.

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A photo taken from the weekly clap for carers events Photo: Estelle Thompson Photography
A photo taken from the weekly clap for carers events Photo: Estelle Thompson Photography

The first Clap for Carers was held at 8pm on Thursday, March 26, just three days after lockdown first began.

Entire neighbourhoods came out to applaud, beat pans and honk horns in appreciation in the following weeks.

Joining in with the celebration, monuments and buildings, such as Rochester Castle, were lit up blue and Canterbury Cathedral rang its bell. Even the wolves at Wildwood joined in with a howl.

After 10 weeks, it was decided the gesture should come to an end as it had reached "its peak." Thursday evenings have been relatively quiet ever since.

But to celebrate our NHS heroes still working hard as lockdown begins to ease and to mark the anniversary of its creation on July 5, 1948, the community is being called out once again.

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