Final Clap for Carers at 8pm tonight

Residents of Cemetery Road came out in force to clap for the NHS Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Residents of Cemetery Road came out in force to clap for the NHS Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

A lockdown Thursday night ritual will be coming to an end tonight as the last Clap for Carers takes place on doorsteps across the region.

The national show of appreciation was founded by Annemarie Plas, a Dutch national who lives in south London, after being inspired by a similar campaign in her native Netherlands.

She has now decided the movement has become too politicised and the yoga teacher told Sky News she wants the series to stop at “its peak” before the narrative starts to change.

People across Suffolk have come together in their neighbourhoods for the last five weeks to clap to show their support for NHS key workers.

Emergency services have also got involved with police cars and ambulances putting on the blue lights and sirens in honour of the 8pm clap.

Residents of Cemetery Road came out in force to clap for the NHS Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Residents of Cemetery Road came out in force to clap for the NHS Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant


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People have enjoyed the ritual which they feel has brought communities closer during the lockdown period, which has physically isolated many.

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Residents of Cemetery Road came out in force to clap for the NHS. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Residents of Cemetery Road came out in force to clap for the NHS. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Officers from Haverhill Police united at a safe distance to clap and sound their sirens for NHS staf

Officers from Haverhill Police united at a safe distance to clap and sound their sirens for NHS staff, carers and fellow key workers Picture: HAVERHILL POLICE - Credit: HAVERHILL POLICE

The people of Deben Avenue in Martlesham showed their support by clapping for the carers and NHS Pi

The people of Deben Avenue in Martlesham showed their support by clapping for the carers and NHS Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND - Credit: Charlotte Bond

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