Thursday evening Clap for Carers returning as Clap for Heroes

Megan Sutton
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From Good Housekeeping

Cast your mind back to the first UK national lockdown last spring, and one defining memory might be clapping on Thursday evenings in celebration of the key workers keeping the country going.

The national applause, called Clap for Carers saw many people throwing open their windows and doors and taking to their driveways and front pavements to clap along with neighbours. Lots decided to show their appreciation for key workers by making even more news with clanging pots and pans.

The weekly ritual was a mainstay of lockdown life from late March 2020, coming to an end after 10 weeks.

Photo credit: Jeff J Mitchell - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jeff J Mitchell - Getty Images

Since then, of course, a lot has happened, including a second winter lockdown and the approval of coronavirus vaccines.

Now, as the country readjusts to life in lockdown after it was recently enforced for the third time, it's been announced the weekly applause it coming back.

This week, the founder of Clap for Carers Annemarie Plas announced that she wanted to bring back the Thursday applause with the new name of Clap for Heroes.

Photo credit: John Keeble - Getty Images
Photo credit: John Keeble - Getty Images

“We are bringing back the 8pm applause in our third lockdown. I hope it can lift the spirit of all of us," she said.

"Carers teacher, homeschooling parents, those who shield and ALL who is pushing through this difficult time! Please join & share!#clapforheroes."

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