RESIDENTS across East Lothian are being invited to take part in a second Clap for our Carers event this evening (Thursday).

The first #clapforourcarers, a nationwide way of paying tribute to the healthcare heroes fighting the coronavirus pandemic, as well as other key workers such as delivery drivers and the emergency services, took place last Thursday (March 26).

Communities across East Lothian joined in with the campaign by breaking into applause from their doorsteps, windows and balconies at 8pm.

Many videos of the clapping were shared on social media and the campaign met with an overwhelmingly positive response around the county.

Now, it is hoped that Clap for our Carers will be repeated around the county every Thursday, at 8pm each time.

That means communities in East Lothian can take part in the second event this evening to again show their support for those putting themselves in harm's way to save lives.

The Clap for our Carers website says: "Healthcare workers, emergency services, armed services, delivery drivers, shop workers, teachers, waste collectors, manufacturers, postal workers, cleaners, vets, engineers and all those who are out there making an unbelievable difference to our lives in these challenging times… bravo, you are amazing!

"Every Thursday evening at 8pm we’ll be standing up and applauding all those who care for us and are ensuring our world can keep on turning.

"We hope you will join with your family and neighbours in showing thanks to those whose work outside means so many of us can be inside at home or can be looked after and supported with selfless dedication."

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