PR Date: Monday, 5 July 2021 - 11:15am
North Herts District Council (NHDC) is proud to be supporting NHS, Social Care & Frontline Workers’ Day on 5 July 2021. The date also marks 73 years since the birth of the NHS.
The event is an opportunity to pay tribute to frontline workers, volunteers and other individuals in the community who played a key role in saving lives and keeping essential services going when Covid-19 struck our country. Their commitment and sense of duty was an inspiration to everyone, and this is our chance to say a huge thank you to them.
Cllr Elizabeth Dennis-Harberg, Leader at NHDC said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our staff at the Council. Since lockdown began they have worked tirelessly, dealing with the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, keeping our day to day services running for the benefit of our residents and businesses in North Herts.
“I’d like to thank our contractor, John O Conner, who have kept our parks, football pitches, nature reserves and play areas safe and clean for residents to enjoy. We are also immensely proud of the professionalism and commitment demonstrated by our bin crews throughout this pandemic and for continuing to provide this essential service.”
More information on NHS, Social Care & Frontline Workers’ Day can be found at www.nhsfrontlineday.org.
Picture: Staff from John O Conner, NHDC, Cllr Elizabeth Dennis-Harberg, Leader of NHDC and Cllr Paul Clark, Deputy Leader at NHDC.
NHS, Social Care & Frontline Workers’ Day was conceived and organised by Pageantmaster Bruno Peek, who has organised national and royal events for 40 years, including key aspects of Her Majesty The Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee celebrations and 90th Birthday Beacons celebration.
Bruno said: “July 5th 1948 was an historic moment in our country’s history. It was the day our pioneering National Health Service (NHS) was born, bringing free healthcare to everyone. We have treasured it ever since, but never more so since March 2020 when the Coronavirus pandemic gripped the UK and utterly changed all our lives.
“We were suddenly at war with a ruthless, invisible enemy and on the front line were our NHS doctors, nurses and paramedics, plus platoons of critical workers keeping our shops open and stocked, our streets safe and our essential services running.
“Now we have the chance to show our gratitude to all NHS and frontline staff with what I believe will be an annual day of thanks, and remembrance of those who lost their lives because of this dreadful disease.”
10am Raising and Displaying the NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day Flag.
11 am Two-minute silence and playing of The Last Post and Reveille.
1pm The Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of the NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers*
1pm Street, Garden and Village Parties, and Parties at Home.
4pm Afternoon Tea.
8pm Clapping our Heroes and the Ringing of Church Bells 73 times to represent each year of the existence of the NHS.