Watch as thousands across Leeds hold mass round of applause for NHS staff

Thousands of people across Leeds went outside and held a mass round of applause to say thank you to NHS staff.

By Rebecca Marano
Thursday, 26th March 2020, 9:41 pm

At 8pm on Thursday, communities joined together to clap in a gesture of thanks to the frontline healthcare heroes that are battling the coronavirus.

The video shows people joining in from all across Leeds - from Pudsey, to Chapeltown, to Oulton - in the national salute.

In the city centre, Leeds Dock and Granary Wharf residents took to the balconies to show their appreciation.

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The Corn Exchange lit up blue to say thank you to the NHS staff.

Leeds Town Hall and Leeds Corn Exchange lit up the buildings in blue in honour of NHS staff.

Not long after the mass applause, a tweet from NHS Leeds said: "Thank you so much - feeling rather emotional #ClapForOurCarers"

They later added: "What a evening #ClapForOurCarers and the kind messages that we've received from so many of you - feel quiet emotional but at the same time we know we have the nation behind us, who will support us in this difficult time."

The Clap For Carers campaign, which started online, was staged because "during these unprecedented times they need to know we are grateful", according to the organisers.

Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis were among those applauding the NHS as part of the Clap For Carers initiative.

A video of the three young royals clapping was posted on the Kensingtonroyal Instagram account.

The caption said: "To all the doctors, nurses, carers, GPs, pharmacists, volunteers and other NHS staff working tirelessly to help those affected by #COVID19: thank you. #ClapForOurCarers."

The Queen has said the country is "enormously thankful" for the commitment of all those working in science, health and the emergency and public services, as the royal family joined the Clap for Carers public display.

In the message posted on the royal family's official Instagram account, the Queen said: "We are enormously thankful for the expertise and commitment of our scientists, medical practitioners and emergency and public services."

The post featured a video of the Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn, who all clapped after Edward paid tribute to workers.

He said: "So from all of us just a huge thank you to so many of you working on the frontline - you're really appreciated keep up the fantastic work."

The Army tweeted footage of soldiers applauding, adding: "Thank you #NHS from all in the British Army. #clapforourcarers #InThisTogether #coronavirus"