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West Norfolk's thank you to the NHS

Rainbow flags were raised above council buildings across West Norfolk on Monday to mark the 73rd birthday of the NHS and say thank you to its workers.

West Norfolk borough council staff took part in the national two-minutes silence and the borough mayor, Harry Humphrey, raised a glass to toast the NHS.

The council leader, Stuart Dark, said: “It’s so important that we mark not only the 73rd birthday of the NHS but gratefully acknowledge the incredible, challenging work that the NHS, social care, frontline workers and volunteers have done locally for all of us during the pandemic.

Thank you NHS! The team at Lynn Corn Exchange.
Thank you NHS! The team at Lynn Corn Exchange.

Cllr Humphrey added: “We have valued the NHS ever since it came into being in 1948 but even more so in the last sixteen months. Today was about showing our gratitude and appreciation to all the NHS, social care and frontline workers and remembering those who have lost their lives in the service of others.”

The Mayor, Council Leader and Chief Executive of the borough council then met with the vaccination team at Lynn Corn Exchange on Monday afternoon at an event organised by Alive West Norfolk.

They met Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust’s mass vaccination team including Raj Thirunageswaram, clinical lead for the vaccination team and Mary Elford, the Trust’s Chair.

The vaccination team at Alive Corn Exchange
The vaccination team at Alive Corn Exchange

It was an opportunity to thank the team of NHS staff and volunteers for the thousands of vaccinations they have delivered over the last six months as part of the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history.

Neil Gromett, managing director of Alive West Norfolk, said: “This is our way of showing our gratitude to the amazing work the vaccination team and volunteers, who have been based at the Corn Exchange for the last six months, have done. The Mayor, Leader and Chief Executive were keen to come and say a personal thanks to the team. I would also like to thank my staff at the venue for organising it.”

In the evening, as Lynn Minster bells rang 73 times, the Alive Corn Exchange and Lynn Town Hall were lit up in rainbow colours to mark the occasion.

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