Homes and businesses turn blue for frontline workers

Homes and businesses turn blue for frontline workers

By Chloe West | 03/04/2020

Homes and businesses turn blue for frontline workers
Michael and Laura Rowlinson and their daughter Holly show off their impressive NHS light display.


BRIGHT blue twinkle lights spelling out 'NHS' on the side of a house and a pub lit-up blue were just some of the ways people in Rotherham have shown their support for frontline workers.  

Husband and wife, Michael and Laura Rowlinson, decided to repurpose their Christmas lights in support of everyone making a sacrifice to keep Britain moving during the coronavirus crisis.

The couple's home on St Nicolas Road in Rawmarsh has been lit up every night since the 8pm clap thanking key workers last Thursday and they intend to keep their lights on until the pandemic is over.

Michael (34), who works as a carer at The Abbeys in Rawmarsh, said: “I trim the outside of the house every Christmas with lights to bring a bit of happiness and joy to our community.

“Seeing everyone outside clapping last week as a thank you to all NHS staff and key workers brought a great sense of pride to me of the effort our community gave - especially as my wife Laura is a healthcare support worker for the NHS.

“Most of our families are essential key workers, so it got me thinking how I could use our Christmas lights to show our appreciation and support.”

Laura also aged 34, added: “Everyone who has seen the lights has said how wonderful they are and have thanked us for doing it.”

Michael admitted he originally wanted to do a big rainbow of multi-coloured lights, but couldn’t get it to look right, so settled for large letters of NHS instead and hoped it would have an effect.

He added that he may have another try at creating the rainbow when he was off work this weekend.

Michael’s posted his picture of the lights on his house on Facebook and has already been shared hundreds of times. 

“These lights will be switched on every night for as long as we are in this situation and as long as its put a smile on at least one person’s face,”he said.

“We want to show people we are doing our bit and are thinking of them - I may even try to incorporate the letters into my Christmas display this year.” 

Meanwhile, in Wickersley the Masons Arms pub turned its frontage blue.


Jamie Hawksworth, pub manager said: "In these tough times, the Masons team wanted to show their love and support to frontline workers whilst hopefully bringing a smile to the local community too." 

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