Preston will ‘Light It Blue’ to celebrate the 72nd Birthday of the NHS

Posted on - 4th July, 2020 - 10:00am | Author - | Posted in - Flag Market, Health, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News
The Harris overlooking the Flag Market Pic: Tony Worrall
The Harris will be part of Preston’s contribution to #LightItBlue for the the NHS Pic: Tony Worrall

The Harris and Preston Markets will be lit blue on Sunday (5 July) to mark the 72nd birthday of the NHS.


Organised by Preston City Council, the lighting of the buildings is part of the national #LightItBlue campaign.

While buildings across the UK will be lit up, members of the public are invited to come together for a final clap for carers at 5pm on Sunday 5 July.

Read more: Preston joins the nation in Clap for our Carers

As the country begins to get used to a new normal, the one-off clap has been described as a “moment of thanks and connection” to applaud the NHS and all key workers who have helped the country through the coronavirus pandemic.

The new lighting was tested out
The lighting in the Preston markets will be blue to mark the event.

Councillor David Borrow, Mayor of Preston, said: “This is a real opportunity to celebrate the NHS’ 72nd birthday and thank everyone who has worked so hard to help us through this crisis.

“The lighting of the buildings and final applaud on Sunday are small ways we can show our sense of pride and support towards all the key workers across the country.”

Find coronavirus support groups in your area below

A moment of remembrance and reflection will be marked on Saturday (4 July) for all those who have lost their life during the pandemic where the nation will come together to pay their respect.

Read more: Royal Preston Hospital commemorates lives lost during COVID-19 pandemic

The remembrance is being led by the Together Coalition who are asking people to place a light in their window or on their doorstep on Saturday evening.

Read moreSee the latest Preston news and headlines

What do you think of the Harris and the Markets being lit blue? Will you be joining the final clap for carers? Let us know in the comments.

Preston in pictures The Station, Preston. 1539Adelphi quarter , preston , 23.06.2022St Walburge's Church, preston 23.06.2022Former Tithebarn pub and Preston Bus StationHarris Museum and Art GalleryRed telephone boxesRed telephone box on Market StreetPreston 2022 View more Advertisement Subscribe to the newsletter

Sign up below to receive Blog Preston's weekly newsletter. It wings its way into inboxes every Sunday rounding up our best content from the last week and a look ahead to what's happening.

Advertisement News by location

Find news by location, select an area of your choice to be kept up to date with the latest goings on.

Advertisement Categories

Find news by category, select an category of your choice to be kept up to date with the latest goings on.