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Well that was emotional. And bloody brilliant, writes John Baron.

Our family lives on a cul-de-sac in Farnley and it was with a little trepidation that we went to our front door at bang on 8pm this evening.

Would anyone else be out? Would it just be us leading a solitary round of applause for our brave and wonderful NHS and health workers?

We needn’t have worried. More than half the street was already out, with more joining. People of all ages. Clapping. Cheering, whooping their appreciation. It was moving and emotional to see everyone out, showing their appreciation.

Then someone set off a handful of fireworks as we clapped. Brilliant! Say it loud and proud – our NHS workers are BRILLIANT!

When the applause died down people were calling over to each other, asking if everyone was OK. How are you, are you well?

Although we live opposite each other, I guess we don’t always get to see each other or talk to each other that often. Life’s always a rush.

It was good to touch base, to come together as a community and remind ourselves that we have friends almost literally on our doorstop. We don’t do it often enough.

It brought a tear to my eye. We hailed our NHS heroes and we all came together as a street and as a community. We’re not in this alone.

This year’s been a stinker so far, but I shall never forget this moment at 8pm on 26 March 2020 when the good folk of Hare Park Mount came together as one and said ‘thank you’.

Let’s do it more often…


  1. It’s all very well clapping hands if people are doing the right thing but on our street in armley 4 or 5 people from the one house are outside playing football and begging fags – insane


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