Royal Border Bridge turning blue to mark NHS's 70th birthday

The Royal Border Bridge in Berwick is among the landmark buildings in towns and cities across the UK helping the NHS celebrate as it turns 70 this summer.

Tuesday, 19th June 2018, 9:35 am
Updated Tuesday, 19th June 2018, 1:42 pm
The Royal Border Bridge in Berwick. Picture by George Crawford.

The big day is July 5 and events are being organised by and for staff, hospital trusts and healthcare organisations to mark the anniversary in style.

Landmarks confirmed so far include: Blackpool Tower, Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Newcastle Civic Centre, the Penshaw Monument and Manchester Town Hall.

Coun Veronica Jones, cabinet member for adult wellbeing and health at Northumberland County Council, said: “The NHS is a fantastic institution which provides amazing help and support to so many people. We are very fortunate in this country to have a health service that supports us to live longer, healthier lives.

“We wish it well on this landmark birthday. I am proud to say we will be showing our support in Northumberland by turning Berwick Border Bridge blue.”

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NHS England medical director for the North East, Professor Chris Gray, is asking people to share their photographs using hashtags #NHS70 #LightUpBlue.