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#ClapforCarers: Ilkley breaks out in applause

Cllr Anne Hawkesworth

Residents across the Ilkley area took part in the "Clap for Carers" tribute on Thursday evening, saluting NHS and care workers dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic.

The community took to their doorsteps, windows and balconies at 8pm to give, what was described by the NHS as 'emotional', a mass round of applause.

Followers of the Facebook page Ilkley Chat took to the page to share their videos, photos and comments:

it was so emotional to hear everyone clapping. It reminded what a community we do have in Ilkley.💕

Wharfe View Road appreciates NHS and all key workers. You're amazing🙏

That was amazing❤️My friends and me all on FaceTime cheering for the NHS together with all our neighbours. That’s pretty cool👏👏👏

The Ben Rhydding community CaughtJoanne Bibbyby surprise and few tears of gratitude were shed (by me). It was an amazing show of solidarity against this thing.

What a lovely community feeling😍😭- so glad people took part in this! Hopefully this will continue throughout this pandemic.#thankyounhs

NHS we💓you thank you for everything you do every single day. Inspiring to a future generation of carers💓

And the support was appreciated by those on the front line:

Just driving around Ilkley tonight doing my job as a carer and didn't realise the time until I heard the round of applause from people in their doorways,cars,windows absolutely overwhelmed by the support for Healthcare what an amazing community and fantastic place to work .

Thank you. Very emotional for my household. Thank you.

Gill Thompson (nee Cousins) would like to thank everyone including her neighbours at High Mill Lane in Addingham for the massive round of applause and showing their appreciation for NHS staff. It meant so much to her. Gill works at Airedale and hospital and comes face to face with many patients throughout the day with no protective equipment. Your support means the world to her right now.

On behalf of Gill Thompson (nee Cousins)

Watch the videos and join in with the conversation on Facebook here.

In an Instagram message to mark the event, the Queen said the country was "enormously thankful" to the people on the frontline of the UK's response to the virus, which causes the Covid-19 disease.

She said the UK was grateful "for the expertise and commitment of our scientists, medical practitioners and emergency and public services".


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