Borders joins in national salute to our NHS with applause, cheers and bagpipes

Rounds of applause rung out across the region last night as Borderers took to their doorsteps and windows to salute the nations NHS workers.

Residents of Lauder's Main street clap for the NHS last night.
Residents of Lauder's Main street clap for the NHS last night.

Thousands of Borderers joined in the national “Clap for our Carers” initiative, to pay tribute to NHS workers and carers who are continuing to work during the Coronavirus lock down.

As well as clapping there were the sounds of fireworks, bagpipes, cheers and whistling in the region’s streets simultaneously at 8pm.

Videos of the clapping in the darkness have been shared online from Hawick, Galashiels, Jedburgh and Tweedbank, with residents quick to praise the community spirit shown using the hashtags #clapforourcarers and #thankyouNHS on social media.

The Heneveld family at their window in Lauder cheering and clapping for the NHS. Photo by Phil Wilkinson / Alamy Live News

The idea came from Dutchwoman Annemarie Plas, who was inspired by the votes of thanks given to health workers in her home country.

Elsewhere, celebrities including Sir Rod Stewart, David Beckham and Daniel Craig joined in the emotional national salute to NHS staff.

Sir Rod, accompanied by his family at his home in Florida, shared a video of their tribute.

The veteran rocker said: “Our family want to say a huge thank you to everyone working in the NHS as well as to all the health care workers and emergency services that are helping keep Britain’s families safe in these extremely difficult times.”

Gavin and Stacey creator James Corden, also living abroad in Los Angeles, shared a video of the applause in London.

“Oh Britain!” he said. “This is so beautiful. I’ve felt more homesick these past few days than maybe ever. Seeing and hearing you all applaud the NHS all it’s doing right now, made me feel incredibly proud to be one of you. Stay safe out there x.”