Watford Borough Council is throwing its weight behind a national day of celebration honouring NHS and social care workers.

The first NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day takes place on Monday July 5 and will involve a service of reflection, the NHS flag being flown on the council building, and the offices being lit blue in the evening.

There will also be fundraising for NHS Charities Together, which supports 250 hospitals and their charitable trusts, and the National Care Association, representing 1.6 million workers caring for society’s frailest citizens.

Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: “NHS, Social Care & Frontline Workers' Day is an important moment to mark the service and sacrifice of the NHS and health workers, as well the amazing community spirit of the town to come together to help each other.

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“As we recover from the pandemic and look forward to the prospect of a return to a more normal way of life, we must not forget the memory of those who are no longer with us and we need to continue to do all we can to protect ourselves and each other from this virus.”

The borough council plans to make it an annual event that grows each year.

Watford Borough Council will be flying its NHS rainbow flag at 10am, followed by service of thanks and reflection at 10.45am. The service will finish with the playing of the Last Post followed by a two minutes silence.

Nationwide events will take place throughout the day including:

  • 10am - Raising the NHS, Social Care & Frontline Workers’ Day Flag and Banner
  • 11am - Two-Minute Silence and Playing of the Last Post and Reveille
  • 1pm - The Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of the NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers
  • 1pm - Street, Garden, Village Parties, And Party At Home
  • 4pm - Afternoon Tea
  • 8pm - Clapping Our Heroes and the ringing of church bells. The ringing of church bells 71 times with each ring representing a year in the 71 years of the NHS at 8pm