[T]hroughout the week of birthday celebrations, the Town Hall in Penrith will fly an NHS flag while, on 5 July, the day of the NHS’ birthday, staff will wear blue to work and the building’s windows will be illuminated with blue light. The “Go Blue” Campaign, which encourages buildings to light themselves with NHS blue, has so far received pledges of participation from across Cumbria and the United Kingdom, with the authorities of the Palace of Westminster recently agreeing that the iconic building will be illuminated on 5 July.
Kevin Beaty, Leader of Eden District Council, commented that, “The NHS has reached a momentous anniversary. It seems fitting that Eden District Council marks the occasion by lighting up the Town Hall in Blue. As well as this our staff are wearing blue to work and we will raise an NHS flag in honour of the staff across the district and beyond who care for us selflessly 24/7. Happy Birthday NHS, here’s to many more.”
Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and The Border, who has taken a strong interest in this campaign, said: “This is really great news and yet another success for the wonderful ‘Go Blue’ campaign started by the North Cumbria NHS Trust. I would like to pay a huge tribute to Kevin and everybody who works in Penrith Town Hall for agreeing to this. The NHS’ 70th anniversary is a major national event and I am delighted that Penrith is playing a leading part in the celebrations.”