Residents raise the roofs on final Clap for Carers

For 10 weeks, residents in the Skegness area have raised the roofs, making noise to celebrate those caring for us during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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However, as the country slowly begins to get back to some form of normality and the rainbow pictures painted by children for the NHS and placed in windows begin to fade, last night's event was the last one - for now at least.

Since the first Clap for Carers on Thursday evenings, which saw families in lockdown come out into the streets at 8pm to make a noise, nurses and other frontline workers in the area have joined them to show their appreciation of the support.

The pandemic is by no means over, but founder of Clap for Carers Annemarie Plas asked that households should aim to make the 10th night the loudest clap yet.

Dave and Gillian Smith making noise for Clap for Carers in Burgh le Marsh.Dave and Gillian Smith making noise for Clap for Carers in Burgh le Marsh.
Dave and Gillian Smith making noise for Clap for Carers in Burgh le Marsh.

Annemarie said she wanted to focus on building Clap For Our Carers in order to create an annual moment.

She said: “I am amazed at how the UK has adopted Clap For Our Carers and how it has managed to connect communities for one moment, every week.

"Whether it is people standing on doorsteps, balconies, in their gardens or hanging out of windows, the round of applause hopefully brought us together when we are all distancing ourselves.

"The messages I have had from those who care for us have been incredible and have made everything worthwhile. Although this is the last clap in the series, we are hugely excited about how we can build on Clap For Our Carers and the future that the campaign holds.”

Residents in Burgh le Marsh were amongst those taking part in the last event. - banging drums, blowing whistles and bashing saucepans, as well as clapping.

Dave and Gillian Smith have joined in every week since it started. "It has brought our community together," said Dave. "We've come out every week and quite a few of our neighbours have joined in too."

Geoff and Pam Wilson were also out drumming up support. "I think it has been very important to the frontline workers. It's sad it's the last one but we will still be here when it carries on," said Pam.

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