Light it blue and help celebrate the NHS’s 70th birthday

Newcastle Civic Centre
Newcastle Civic Centre to turn blue to celebrate the NHS turning 70

Landmark buildings in towns and cities across the UK are helping the NHS celebrate as it turns 70 this summer.

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

As part of the celebrations a number of landmarks across the North will be lighting up in blue on the evening of the 5th July to say ‘Happy Birthday’ to the NHS and to recognise its special place in our lives.

Landmarks across the North confirmed so far include:

Blackpool Tower

Gateshead: Millennium Bridge

Newcastle: Civic Centre

Manchester Town Hall

Clitheroe Castle

Leeds Direct Arena

NHS England’s Medical Director for Cumbria and the North East, Professor Chris Gray, said: “We would love more buildings across the North to get involved and to light up blue on the evening of 5th July.  We are calling on churches, mosques, castles, historic homes and any buildings in towns, cities and villages to get involved and light up blue if they have the facilities to do so.”

Landmarks in the North East being lit up in blue include the Penshaw Monument, Sunderland, Berwick Border Bridge, Northumberland and Newcastle Civic Centre.

Cllr Kim McGuinness, cabinet member for culture, sport and public health at Newcastle City Council, said: “We are delighted to join in the celebrations for this special birthday. The NHS revolutionised health in this country and we will be lighting up the Civic Centre in blue to show our support for the vital role the service plays in all of our lives.”

Councillor Michael Mordey, Deputy Leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “We are delighted to be joining with towns and cities across the region to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS. In Sunderland we’ll be lighting up Penshaw Monument, which is cared for by the National Trust, and the Magistrates Building in Keel Square.

“The founding of the NHS was one of this country’s greatest achievements.

“As well as its free health care, it has played a major part in eradicating once common diseases such as polio and helped pioneer new medical treatments for many people.”

Northumberland County Councillor Veronica Jones, cabinet member for Adult Wellbeing and Health, 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.”

Councillor Jim Beall, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said : “We will be lighting up landmarks in Stockton-on-Tees to show our support and to recognise the fantastic achievements of the NHS and the dedicated staff who make it all possible. We are looking forward to celebrating the NHS and to building on our partnerships in health and social care for many more birthdays to come.”

Professor Gray added:  “We also want the public to help us celebrate and get involved by taking photographs of the lit up buildings on the 5th July and sharing across social media with the hashtag #NHS70lightupblue.”

Landmarks confirmed so far in the North East:

Berwick: Royal Border Bridge

Gateshead: Millennium Bridge

Newcastle: Civic Centre

South Shields: Town Hall

Sunderland: Penshaw Monument (National Trust); Magistrates Building, Keel Square

Middlesbrough: Centre Square fountain

Stockton-on-Tees: Riverside, High Street, Fountain, Newport Bridge

Darlington: Darlington Memorial Hospital

Carlisle: Hilltop Heights