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Bridge of Sighs, Cambridge Union and the Round Church turn blue for Clap for Carers




Bridge of Sighs turns blue for Clap for Carers. Picture: The Crane Event (34719034)
Bridge of Sighs turns blue for Clap for Carers. Picture: The Crane Event (34719034)

A solitary punter was captured heading under the Bridge of Sighs as Cambridge landmarks were lit up as part of the #makeitblue campaign as part of the Clap for Carers.

The #ShineBright of The Crane Event, JMPS, Pink Lamp, Blueshed, and JezO’s were in the centre of the city to show their support to key workers.

Professor Tim Whitmarsh, vice-master of St John’s College, said: “We in St John’s are proud to show our gratitude to all those serving in the front line during the coronavirus pandemic.

“The NHS is the backbone of our nation: we are pleased to lend our iconic Bridge of Sighs to the collective appreciation of the efforts and sacrifices of individual workers.”

The Cambridge Union turns blue for Clap for Carers. Picture: The Crane Event (34719036)
The Cambridge Union turns blue for Clap for Carers. Picture: The Crane Event (34719036)

Next stop along the route was the oldest debating society in the world, The Cambridge Union.

Joe Burham, general manager of the Cambridge Union, said “We are delighted to play a small part in the celebration and appreciation of our wonderful National Health Service. Thanks to the array of event professionals who have come to make this possible.”

The Round Church turns blue for Clap for Carers. Picture: The Crane Event (34719038)
The Round Church turns blue for Clap for Carers. Picture: The Crane Event (34719038)

The final destination was the Round Church, which displayed test from the original leaflet announcing the arrival of the NHS in 1948.

Finally, one of Cambridge’s most characteristic buildings, the Round Church made an incredibly powerful statement as it displayed text from the original leaflet announcing the arrival of the NHS in 1948.

A statement from the Round Church Visitor Centre added: “The Round Church is honoured to take part in this wonderful initiative. We are deeply grateful for NHS staff and essential workers across the country and are humbled by their self-sacrificial actions. Our prayers are with you during this challenging time.”

The Lion & Lamb pub in Milton showed its own appreciation to key workers by also turning blue to mark the Clap for Carers.

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