Harris Museum exterior framed by tree leaves

03 July 2020

This weekend Preston City Council is lighting The Harris and Preston Markets blue to celebrate the NHS' 72nd birthday on Sunday 5 July, as part of the national #LightItBlue campaign.

While buildings across the UK will be lit blue, the public are being invited to come together for a final clap for carers at 5pm on Sunday, 5 July. This 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 pandemic.

On Saturday 4 July, there will be a national moment of remembrance and reflection for those we have lost during the pandemic.

This is a chance for the nation to come together and pay our respects. This is being led by the Together Coalition who are asking people to place a light in their window or on their doorstep on the evening of Saturday 4 July. 

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."

Further Information

  • Further information about the NHS' birthday, moment of remembrance and final clap for carers can be found on the NHS' website.
  • We are working with partners across the County to support the most vulnerable in our community who are facing difficulties, worries and loneliness as a result of Coronavirus (Covid-19).
  • If you are isolated by Covid-19 and need help please visit our Preston Together page or ring 01772 906777 or email support@preston.gov.uk 
  • Preston City Council actively applies and prioritises the principles of Community Wealth Building wherever applicable and appropriate. Community Wealth Building is an approach which aims to ensure the economic system builds wealth and prosperity for everyone.