Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier has turned its illuminations NHS blue to demonstrate it support and appreciation of care staff on the frontline.
Weston Grand Pier is lighting up the night sky as a demonstration of its appreciation for NHS workers on the frontline during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The landmark has turned its illuminations to blue to honour doctors, nurses, care workers and hospital staff in order to express “just how grateful we are.”
“We wanted to let all the key workers in our area know that we are very aware that they are sacrificing so much in order to keep the rest of us safe,” said pier director Michelle Michael.
“The least we can do is to bathe our pavilion in blue light, so that any of those people carrying out essential roles can see it on their way to and from their work, and will know that their efforts are so appreciated.”
The display follows similar light tributes to the NHS across the UK, with the London Eye being lit up blue to demonstrate the city’s appreciation of frontline staff this month.
However, though the blue lights remain on, the pier itself is still closed, having shut its gates on 20 March in response to lockdown measures imposed by the government.
“It was with great sadness that we had to close the Pier until further notice, but as the Prime Minister said this week, while the lockdown and social distancing measures are extremely difficult for many people, they are making a difference.”
“We can’t wait to re-open our gates and welcome people back to the Grand Pier but the most important thing of all right now is that everyone plays their part in beating this virus, so we would urge people to listen to, and heed, the Government’s advice.”
“We would like to thank everyone who has sent us messages of support over the past few weeks. We have the most amazing, loyal customers. We also need to thank our staff for being so supportive over this time of uncertainty.”