Staff stand outside Salford Royal Hospital during a minute’s silence to pay tribute to the NHS staff and key workers who have died during the coronavirus outbreak. Image Credits – PA Images/Peter Byrne
They gave their lives on the frontline in the battle against Coronavirus.
Today the people of Salford joined thousands across the UK to pay their respects to the fallen heroes.
As the fight against Coronavirus continues, those who are trying to help us are paying with their lives.
Staff at the Salford Royal Hospital, enforcing social distancing, stood outside to pay an emotional tribute to NHS colleagues and care workers throughout the UK who have died with the virus.
One proud local participated in the silence at the hospital, one of the main locations of the Coronavirus battle in Salford.
Deeply humbled to have spent the two minute silence with the amazing NHS staff at Salford Royal Hospital and comrades from @SalfordUnison, and @SalfordTUC as we came together to remember those lost and to demand #PPENotPromises and Dignity in Social Care ✊👏 #IWMD20
— Steven North (@steviecnorth) April 28, 2020
Other organisations in Salford paid tribute from various locations, such as the Lowry Theatre, celebrating its 20th birthday today.
It announced via Twitter staff were to participate in the minute’s silence from home.
Educational organisations such as Pendleton Sixth Form College also said they would be participating in the silence, giving their full support to the cause.
Salford Mayor Paul Dennett announced that the civic centre in Salford is to be lit up in purple this evening to commemorate all the frontline workers who have lost their lives, linking in with this year’s International Workers Memorial Day.
This evening the civic centre will be lit purple. This year International Workers Memorial Day is particularly poignant in the fight against the COVID19. At 11am take a moment for a minute’s silence to honour NHS and other workers. Remember the dead, Fight for the living #IWMD20 pic.twitter.com/vooopqLN31
— SalfordMayor (@salford_mayor) April 28, 2020
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who returned to work yesterday after being left seriously ill in intensive care with Covid-19, joined the tribute.
More than 100 NHS and care staff have died with the virus.
Whilst the fight against Coronavirus shows no sign of abating, it is clear to see the people of Salford will be there to support frontline workers for the duration of this pandemic.