UK railway stations set to light up blue to celebrate 72nd birthday of NHS

NHS birthday
Credit: Network rail

From Leeds to Liverpool, and from Manchester to London, stations across Britain will be going blue this evening to celebrate the 72nd birthday of the NHS.

Since the start of lockdown, rail staff have shown a huge amount of support for fellow key workers with clapping happening across the country.

Railway infrastructure has also shown its support with the light-up blue campaign across the country.

Glenfinnan Viaduct, famous for the Harry Potter films, was the first to be lit up blue in support of NHS workers.

Liverpool Lime Street goes blue to celebrate NHS 72nd birthday
Credit: Network Rail

The stations, bridges and viaducts that will be going blue include London King’s Cross, London Euston, London Liverpool Street, Manchester Piccadilly, Birmingham New Street, London Waterloo’s station clock, London Bridge’s western arcade, Bristol Temple Meads, Liverpool Lime Street, Cardiff Central and the Britannia Bridge.

Andrew Haines, chief executive, said: “On its 72nd birthday, never has our NHS been so supported, so needed and so celebrated. Fellow critical workers from the rail industry will show their appreciation this weekend as we play a small part in helping celebrate this wonderful milestone.”

On Sunday 5 July at 5 pm, station staff will also take part in a one-off clap to pay tribute to all care professionals who have helped to save lives during the Covid-19 pandemic.

London Euston goes blue to honour NHS workers
Credit: Network Rail

Tim Shoveller, managing director for Network Rail’s North West and Central region, said: “Once again it’ll be a privilege to join the rest of the railway industry to, quite literally, shine a light on the herculean effort being made by thousands of healthcare professionals working to save lives every day at this time of national crisis.

“We will continue to show how proud we are of the NHS and help in any way we can during the ongoing fight against the spread of Covid-19.”

After being red all week to celebrate Liverpool FC winning the Premier League, Liverpool Lime Street station will become blue in honour of the NHS.

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  1. Happy Birthday NHS. Thanks you for helping the people who have been suffering with the coronavirus and allowing people who have obeyed to stay at home to save lives during the pandemic. Can’t thank you enough. 💙💙


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