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Double rainbow reveals its arches to health workers as Shropshire claps for carers

By Rory Smith | Craven Arms | Coronavirus | Published:

A natural wonder greeted ambulance workers shortly after Shropshire once again took part in the clap for carers campaign.

A double rainbow greeted ambulance workers. Photo: @OFFICIALWMAS

The double rainbow revealed its arches to West Midlands Ambulance staff travelling through south Shropshire yesterday.

The service tweeted: "Safe to say rainbows mean just that little bit more to us at the moment, so when Hannah and crew mate spotted a double rainbow on their way back to Craven Arms, unsurprisingly it put a big smile on their faces."

Meanwhile, from the county's larger towns to rural hamlets, cheers and claps could be heard at 8pm as people paid tribute to those working to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

The Ironbridge Museums, which has closed its attractions to the public, lit its Bedlam Furnace in an electric blue as a show of appreciation.

The organisation tweeted: "This is Bedlam Furnace in Ironbridge lit in blue to honour NHS & other key workers. Thank you!"

Weston Park, the country estate on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border has created its own tribute to the work of the NHS.

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Head gardener Martin Gee and park operations supervisor Richard Kirby have cut the letters into the plane tree lawn in front of the house.

It was filmed by Graham Colling, a friend of the estate, who knows it well during his time working on the V Festival for South Staffordshire Council before retiring.

NHS seen from above at Weston Park

While Weston Park has been closed since the lockdown the small team retained back at base have been busy getting on with spring maintenance jobs, painting, keeping the parkland mown, the house and collections have been put to bed and the gardens are being tended by the head gardener.

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Colin Sweeney, CEO of the Weston Park Foundation said: β€œA lot of the team have connections to local NHS trusts and we also wanted to mark the nationwide thanks and support that goes out to all those that are battling this crisis on a daily basis.”

Other emergency service workers across the county also took a minute to think of those on the frontline of the Covid-19 crisis.

Market Drayton Fire Station said: "Showing our support and respect for every member of the NHS and all the key workers during this challenging time. Thank You."

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Fire service colleagues in Craven Arms added: "Showing our appreciation for the incredible nurses, doctors, NHS support staff, carers and all key workers working flat out to fight Covid-19."

In Telford, residents took to their doorstep and windows to pay tribute, including the mayor Stephen Reynolds.

Councillor Reynolds said: "I joined many tonight across @TelfordWrekin thanking so many key workers who are protecting us and our services during this difficult time."

Telford & Wrekin councillor Shirley Reynolds added: "I didn’t let the cooler weather stop me thanking all our key workers across the borough @TelfordWrekin tonight."

In Alveley, near Bridgnorth, the bells of St Mary's Church could be heard ringing aloud.

The village's first responders team said: "The cold & the rain didn't put #Alveley off, another great #ClapForCarers & fantastic to hear the bells of St Mary's Church in the village again."

Community first responders in Much Wenlock also joined firefighters in the area to take part.

The town's fire station tweeted: "This evening we were joined by Much Wenlock's @OFFICIALWMAS CFR. Again, showing our appreciation for @NHSuk with the help of our community."

With the first one taking place on Thursday, March 26, the clap for carers campaign has become a weekly tradition across the UK as millions applaud health workers for the efforts in reducing the spread of coronavirus.

It has been widely credited as the brainchild of Dutch Londoner Annemarie Plas, who felt inspired after seeing a similar tribute to health workers take place in her homeland of the Netherlands.

Rory Smith

By Rory Smith
Reporter - @rorysmith_star

Senior reporter based at the Shropshire Star's head office in Ketley, Telford.

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