TWO of Warrington's most iconic buildings turned blue on Sunday night to celebrate the 72nd birthday of the NHS.

Warrington Hospital and Warrington Town Hall used lighting for the special occasion.

It was part of a weekend of events which included a silence and lighting of candles on Saturday night and a clap at 5pm on Sunday.

There was special resonance at Warrington Hospital as staff and patients remembered nurse Joselito Habab who died after contracting coronavirus.

Chief executive Professor Simon Constable says: “The support we have received has been simply overwhelming from individual, company and community contributions in a wide range of gestures. We were also extremely grateful to have received a share of the funds raised by NHS Charities, galvanised by the efforts of Captain Sir Tom Moore who alone raised over £30m."

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Council leader, Cllr Russ Bowden, said: “We want to show our gratitude to the NHS and its staff, who have risked their own health to care for others during this challenging time, as well as all council staff and other key workers, who continue to work tirelessly to keep essential services running for Warrington residents.

“We wanted to #LightItBlue to show our support for the NHS, especially now as it is under increasing pressure. It is important for us to commemorate the 72 years of service we have received and reflect on how we continue to benefit from the NHS.”