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Castle lit up blue in gratitude to frontline personnel

Photo by Cristina Cavilla

The balcony of the Moorish Castle was illuminated blue at 8pm tonight to show support for the members of Gibraltar’s essential services and healthcare professionals.

The illumination will happen every night at 8pm during the current coronavirus Covid-19 emergency.

It joins other displays of appreciation by locals when at 8pm in recent days, residents of several estates have spontaneously moved out on to their balconies to show their support with applause and cheers.

In addition, ships in the Bay have also been participating by sounding their sirens.

The UK also commenced something very similar as major sporting and entertainment venues, national landmarks and historic buildings across the country were illuminated in blue at 8pm (UK time).

These buildings include Wembley Stadium, the Royal Albert Hall, Lincoln Cathedral, Belfast Titanic Signature Building, and the National Theatre.

“During this current emergency, when so many of us are worried about the health of our friends and family, the best thing we can do – apart from staying at home – is to say a huge thank you to everyone who is on the front line in the fight against this terrible virus,” said the Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo.

“We should also say a big thank you to the unsung members of the essential services who are looking after the infrastructure of our community during such a difficult time.”

“By illuminating the balcony of the Moorish Castle in blue, I encourage everyone to move out on to their balconies at 8pm each evening to clap and to shout their support for all those who are risking their own health to help others and to keep our community ticking over during these worrying weeks,” he added.

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