Clap for Carers: What Gazette readers said as 'final' weekly tribute to key workers took place

Gazette readers have backed calls for this week’s Clap for Carers to be the final tribute after 10 weeks of applause.

The event has taken place every Thursday since March 26, with millions of families across the UK participating in the tribute in honour of care staff and other frontline workers.

Organiser Annemarie Plas this week said that this week’s Clap – on Thursday, May 28 – was likely to be the last as it was ‘good to stop at its peak’.

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This is why Clap for Carers is ending

She also told the PA News Agency she shared the opinion of some that the event was getting ‘politicised’.

We asked in a Facebook poll if you would like to see Clap for Carers continue.

More than 1,200 people took part in a vote with 73% answering no.

This is what you said on the Shields Gazette Facebook page:

Sue Venus Curtis: “I'd like to see it continue. It gives NHS workers a huge, well deserved, confidence and appreciation boost.”

Paul Gray: “Surely our thoughts about the NHS should be a little bit more deep seated and sincere and shouldn't be confined to five minutes show boating every week.”

Adrienne Arthur: “I don’t need to clap to value our NHS, always have appreciated and respected all key workers.”

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Emma Lunt: “People are doing it out of habit now rather than thinking about why they are doing it. You can't show your respect for the NHS one day then flout the rules which put the NHS at risk the next.”

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