Skip to content

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Latest health advice and information on service disruptions.

Gateshead Millennium Bridge to be lit blue for NHS birthday

Blue Bridge

Gateshead Council is supporting the national 'Light it Blue' campaign which will see many of the country's major landmarks illuminated in blue light on the evening of Saturday 4 July - the eve of the 72nd birthday of the NHS.

The 72nd anniversary of the creation of the NHS is an opportunity to say 'thank you' to everyone who has helped respond to the coronavirus pandemic and remember those who have lost their lives.  

Iconic landmarks across England will #LightItBlue on Saturday evening for the NHS birthday including the historic walls of York, Blackpool Tower, the Royal Albert Hall, The Shard and Wembley Arch.  Locally we are showing our support in lighting Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

Alongside Light It Blue on Saturday evening, NHS leaders are asking everyone to put a light in their windows in remembrance of people who, sadly, lost their lives during the pandemic.

Councillor Martin Gannon, Leader of Gateshead Council said:  

"Words can't describe how grateful we all are for the brave and tireless efforts of the NHS and all healthcare professionals and the many keyworkers in these most challenging and unprecedented of times. The Light it Blue campaign is a chance for us all to unite and show our appreciation, whilst also remembering the many lives that have sadly been lost.  Gateshead Council are proud to join this act of solidarity in lighting the Gateshead Millennium Bridge blue."

A country-wide coming together with a 'pause for applause' will also take place at 5pm on 5 July where everybody will be encouraged to stop what they're doing and join with others (following social distancing guidance) in their streets or neighbourhoods to applaud not just the NHS and other key workers but all those who have volunteered or helped keep services and community networks going through the pandemic.  

Blue Bridge
02 July 2020

Gateshead Council is supporting the national 'Light it Blue' campaign which will see many of the country's major landmarks illuminated in blue light on the evening of Saturday 4 July - the eve of the 72nd birthday of the NHS.

The 72nd anniversary of the creation of the NHS is an opportunity to say 'thank you' to everyone who has helped respond to the coronavirus pandemic and remember those who have lost their lives.  

Iconic landmarks across England will #LightItBlue on Saturday evening for the NHS birthday including the historic walls of York, Blackpool Tower, the Royal Albert Hall, The Shard and Wembley Arch.  Locally we are showing our support in lighting Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

Alongside Light It Blue on Saturday evening, NHS leaders are asking everyone to put a light in their windows in remembrance of people who, sadly, lost their lives during the pandemic.

Councillor Martin Gannon, Leader of Gateshead Council said:  

"Words can't describe how grateful we all are for the brave and tireless efforts of the NHS and all healthcare professionals and the many keyworkers in these most challenging and unprecedented of times. The Light it Blue campaign is a chance for us all to unite and show our appreciation, whilst also remembering the many lives that have sadly been lost.  Gateshead Council are proud to join this act of solidarity in lighting the Gateshead Millennium Bridge blue."

A country-wide coming together with a 'pause for applause' will also take place at 5pm on 5 July where everybody will be encouraged to stop what they're doing and join with others (following social distancing guidance) in their streets or neighbourhoods to applaud not just the NHS and other key workers but all those who have volunteered or helped keep services and community networks going through the pandemic.  

More Gateshead news

Share this page