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Bonington Theatre in Arnold to be lit blue for NHS birthday celebrations


The Bonington Theatre in Arnold will be lit blue this weekend as part of national celebrations for the NHS’ 72nd birthday.

The building is one of many being used to turn the Nottingham skyline into a beacon of blue as buildings and landmarks across the city get illuminated tomorrow on the eve of the anniversary.

Other buildings taking part include The Queen’s Medical Centre, Wollaton Hall and Nottingham Council House.

The #LightItBlue illuminations will not only pay tribute to NHS staff but to all the key workers who helped the NHS during its most challenging period since its 1948 inception.

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It was created back in March by the events and entertainment industry to show a united display of gratitude for those risking their own health to look after those who are ill with COVID-19.

Richard Herrod Centre
The Richard Herrod Centre was lit blue during the covid-19 crisis to celebrate the bravery of NHS workers

Since then, eminent landmarks across the world including Windsor Castle, Niagra Falls, Komazawa Park Olympics Memorial Tower and the Prince’s Palace of Monaco have taken part and been lit up blue in tribute to our NHS heroes.

Neil Pease, chief people officer for Nottingham University Hospitals, said: “The support the local community has offered to NUH during this pandemic has been truly fantastic, and the #LightItBlue campaign is a great way to celebrate the dedication, commitment and sacrifices our staff and volunteers have made during the past few months to help patients and their families.”

On Sunday (July 5) at 5pm organisers hope people will take part in the biggest, loudest and final clap for carers and key workers. Afterwards, people will be encouraged to stay outside to show their thanks and appreciation to their neighbours or reach out to someone who is lonely, isolated or shielding, to let them know they are supported.

Pease added: “We encourage the public to place a light in their windows on Saturday and share their reflections on social media using the hashtags #NHSBirthday and #ThankYouTogether.

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