Emotional scenes across Burnley and Padiham as thousands of residents join the moving 'Clap for Carers' NHS tribute.

There were emotional scenes across Burnley and Padiham, and the rest of the UK, last night as thousands of people came out of their homes to take part in the 'Clap for Carers' tribute saluting NHS and care workers dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

Friday, 27th March 2020, 9:37 am
Updated Friday, 27th March 2020, 9:38 am

Clapping and cheering could be heard across towns as scores of people cameeto their front doors or opened their windows to join in the unprecedented event at 8pm.

Many were moved to tears as the tribute saw neighbours united, clapping and waving to each other.

Many banged pots and pans and shouted 'thank you' as the tribute went on for around 10 minutes.

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Cambridge Drive, Padiham, young residents Jolie Forrest (11) and her little sister Trixie (four) share their rainbow pictures to show solidarity for communities before they took part in the 'Clap for Carers' tribute last night.

The Royal family and Prime Minister Boris Johnson joined well wishers to lead the country in the moving event.

There have now been calls for the tribute to be held every Thursday throughout the duration of the pandemic and one Burnley businessman has called for the scrapping of celebrity, sports and pop star awars next year and replaced with accolades for NHS staff, emergency workers, volunteers and anyone else who has gone above and beyond the call of duty during the pandemic.

Residents in Cambridge Drive, Padiham were among the many across the borough who took part in the 'Clap for Carers' tribute last night.