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Sefton’s iconic buildings light up in honour of key workers and NHS heroes

‘Clapping Hands’ at Bootle Town Hall

Sefton gave an extra big hand last night for NHS staff and key workers, thanks to London based British textile artist Ian Berry whose ‘Clapping Hands’ were projected onto Southport and Bootle Town Hall.

 A spokesperson for Sefton Council said: “We are honoured to be the first area in the Merseyside region to be showing this powerful animation of two clapping hands on the day the nation claps for those working to keep us safe through the Coronavirus pandemic.”

Ian Berry lives & works from his London studio and was moved by the clapping, at 8pm on Thursdays every week in the UK. His son couldn’t wait for Thursdays to come, often asking ‘is it Thursday yet?’.

‘Clapping Hands’ at Southport Town Hall

After explaining to his son that we are clapping for those who keep us safe, they took a picture of two clapping hands and the idea was born.

The projection, which has shone on iconic buildings across the world, acts as a visual reminder that the nation supports those on the frontline and encourages people to think of who they clap for each Thursday at 8pm.