A ‘CLAP for Key Workers’ was staged at Airedale Hospital.

Sunday’s event formed part of a nationwide initiative, paying tribute to NHS staff on the 72nd anniversary of the health service.

But the gathering at Airedale had extra significance – it also marked the Steeton hospital’s 50th birthday.

“We had a good turnout,” said a hospital spokesman.

“It was a celebration not only of the NHS but of everyone across our district who has supported their communities during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We were clapping for all our colleagues across the NHS and the key workers who made it possible for us to come to work and do our jobs – teachers, supermarket staff, delivery drivers, volunteers, postmen and women, refuse collectors etc – people have been amazing.”

The national round of clapping was inspired by the weekly Clap for Carers initiative to thank key workers during the height of the crisis.

It is hoped the anniversary applause will become an annual tradition.

As part of a weekend of events, landmarks were lit-up blue in celebration.