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Thank you NHS - from Middlesbrough

"Thank you NHS."

That is the message from the people of Middlesbrough as a flag with that message was raised over Middlesbrough Town Hall.

The iconic blue and white logo is joined by a rainbow flag to symbolise the community spirit shown by so many people during the COVID-19 crisis.

Children across the town have been creating pictures of rainbows and putting them in their windows as a symbol of hope and to cheer up passers by outside for their daily exercise, while youngsters have also been making a game of counting the rainbows.

Middlesbrough's Deputy Mayor Councillor Antony High said he hoped the gesture would show the town's appreciation for those working in the NHS and everyone in key worker roles.

He said: "To show our support we have proudly raised the NHS flag and a rainbow flag to showcase the town's amazing community spirit.

"These flags will fly until we are through this pandemic and their lowering will signify the passing of this devastating virus for Middlesbrough.

"The flags are raised in a show of solidarity and appreciation for our NHS staff who will be hardest hit and for our emergency services and key workers across Middlesbrough.

"You are all heroes - Thank you all so much. Despite these difficult times, the selfless acts people are providing across our town makes me extremely proud to be from Boro. Stay safe."

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