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WATCH: Thousands join #ClapforKeyWorkers in show of support amid coronavirus lockdown

By Thomas Parkes | Coronavirus | Published: | Last Updated:

Applause rang out across the West Midlands as key workers were cheered in a national show of thanks.

Our NHS heroes at Sandwell Hospital enjoy the Clap for key Workers campaign last night. Image: John Kennett/@KennettPhoto

People came together to Clap for Key Workers recognising the efforts of dedicated staff including our NHS heroes.

Hundreds of thousands of people joined in across the UK last week to show their appreciation for frontline workers amid the coronavirus.

And last night it was extended to recognise everyone such as bin collectors, supermarket workers and police officers.

Residents across the UK stood on their doorsteps, balconies, or in their gardens, at 8pm last night to give a round of applause for their vital work.

NHS staff offered their thanks to those taking part including the team at Sandwell Hospital.

WATCH: Thanks for our key workers

Firefighters at Tettenhall Fire Station all took part in the clap, saying they will "never forget".

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West Midlands Police posted a video to Facebook of Coventry-based officers and West Midlands Fire Service employees giving a 'blue light salute' to show their support.

There is even a surprise appearance from a passing police helicopter.

Wolverhampton Council workers also paused their task in packaging up food for elderly and vulnerable people to clap for key workers.

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Heath Town & East Park Police also did their bit.

Darlaston Police tweeted: "Another week, another standing ovation for those who look after us during these testing times. Thank you."

Stourbridge Fire Station also showed their appreciation.

West Midlands' Firearms Operations Unit took to Twitter to say: "Thank you to all of you who are working tirelessly and selflessly to save lives.

"D unit ARV’s wanted to show their gratitude to @NHSuk."

Bloxwich Fire Station and Smethwick Fire Station's White Watch also did their bit to support the NHS.

Oldbury Fire Station's White and Purple Watch also showed their appreciation for NHS staff and key workers.

Brierley Hill Fire Station joined in to support, telling people to 'keep going strong.'

West Midlands Police Chief Supt. Chris Todd tweeted: "And for our neighbour that set the trend with the cowbell last week, I got home just in time to add in a police whistle."

Frontline NHS staff at Sandwell Hospital came outside to show their appreciation for those clapping along.

Sandwell resident John Kennett captured a video of the event, that has since had more than 15,000 views on social media.

The Royal College of Nursing West Midland's also joined in to show their support and solidarity.

Households across the West Midlands went out into their streets to show their appreciation for NHS staff and carers.

One video from Willenhall shows Black Country performer Yam Yam Elvis singing songs from the 'king of rock'n'roll' after the 8pm clap.

And this was the scene outside Co-op store, in Griffiths Drive, Ashmore Park, Wolverhampton, joining people from across the city including Parks Crescent, Essington.

Kelly Gleed shared a video of her neighbours united together, obviously from a distance, last night on the Hawkswell Drive estate in Willenhall.

She said: "This is our lovely estate getting together this evening. We hope when all this is over that we can have a big street party."

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2 April 2020

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Thomas Parkes

By Thomas Parkes
Trainee Reporter - @TParkes_Star

Trainee reporter at the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton. Got a story? Get in touch at thomas.parkes@expressandstar.co.uk.

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