WATCH: Borderers up their game in show of thanks to our NHS staff and key workers

Borderers upheld their now weekly ritual of applauding the country’s key workers on Thursday night.

By Kathryn Wylie
Friday, 10th April 2020, 12:08 pm

For the third week in a row they took to doorsteps, windows and front gardens to join their neighbours in making as much noise as possible to simultaneously salute our NHS and emergency workers, carers and all those helping the region keep going during the coronavirus lock down.

And with each weekly salute, we’ve seen more inventive ways of saying thank you.

Last week bagpipers across the country got involved playing Scotland the Brave together at 8pm, while children dug out their pots and pans to rally the noise-makers along.

Danny Howard and Jimmy Drummond ring the old Stow church bell at Galashiels’ Kilnknowe caravan park

This time around there was once again sounds of pipes, polite applause and cheers, but for the first time the ancient bell from St Mary’s Church in Stow was sounded.

Dan Howard, Jimmy Drummond and staff at Galashiels’ Kilnknowe caravan park’s ringing of the huge bell, stored there, was heard loud and clear across Galashiels.

Elsewhere in Oxnam, near Jedburgh, the sounds of the pipes and drums were blasted by loud speaker through the village green while former drum major Jeff Thomas amused neighbours with a display of his mace skills.

Applause could be heard across all the Borders towns and again the efforts have been widely shared on social media using #clapforcarers and #thankyouNHS.

We’re still collecting photos from last night’s efforts but here’s a look back to last week’s applause.