Falkirk Kelpies tribute to NHS workers

The Kelpies will keep shining blue at night until the coronavirus crisis is finally over – as anongoing tribute to the work of NHS employees.

By Roy Beers
Saturday, 28th March 2020, 1:16 pm
Updated Saturday, 28th March 2020, 1:27 pm

The news was delivered to Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald by Scottish Canals and

Falkirk Community Trust, after he asked that Thursday’s blue tribute should be continued

indefinitely until the virus threat is lifted.

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Kelpies turned blue to show support for NHS carers

The iconic structures have been lit in many colours over the years to suit special causes and

occasions, but it’s hoped the blue light will send the continuing message that health workers

are battling night and day to save lives.

Thursday night’s tribute aimed to thank NHS and social care workers, and at the same time

many across the UK clapped and cheered in a vocal show of support at 8pm.

The blue beacon will now be retained as a reminder of the work carried out by doctors,

nurses, carers, GPs, pharmacists, ambulance crews and other NHS staff during the


Angus MacDonald said: “This welcome move coincides with the heartening solidarity shown

to our NHS staff on Thursday evening, when residents across Scotland stood on their

doorsteps and clapped in support of all those working so hard.

“I am delighted that the Kelpies will now remain lit blue throughout this crisis, as a constant

recognition and reminder of the sterling work NHS Scotland staff and carers are undertaking

at this challenging time.”