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National landmarks were illuminated in blue tonight in an effort to pay homage to the hundreds of frontline NHS workers putting heir lives at risk to help fight the spread of the coronavirus.    

Along the South Bank in central London, the London Eye was among hundreds of venues across the UK to light up  in blue in a gesture of thanks to the country's key workers.  

Elsewhere the Shard, Madame Tussauds, and a Selfridges department store on Oxford Street were also illuminated in blue to share their support.

The #LightItBlue initiative, which began in March last year, comes as the nation awaits the return of the Clap for Carers campaign which will take place at 8pm tonight after England was plunged into a third national lockdown.

The revamped campaign, which has been renamed Clap for Heroes, calls on people up across the UK to applaud in appreciation of those helping in the fight against Covid and has been expanded to include 'every hero who has played their part through the pandemic'.  

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Along the South Bank in central London the London Eye is illuminated blue in support of the frontline workers risking their lived in the fight against coronavirus

Along the South Bank in central London the London Eye is illuminated blue in support of the frontline workers risking their lived in the fight against coronavirus

A Selfridges department store on Oxford Street in London is lit up in blue and is emblazoned with the words 'let's change'

A Selfridges department store on Oxford Street in London is lit up in blue and is emblazoned with the words 'let's change'

Meanwhile in Trafalgar Square, a blue light shone on the fountain in a gesture of thanks to the NHS workers and volunteers working on the frontline

Meanwhile in Trafalgar Square, a blue light shone on the fountain in a gesture of thanks to the NHS workers and volunteers working on the frontline 

Earlier today the founder of the Clap for Carers campaign, Annemarie Plas, 37, distanced herself from the event after NHS workers urged people to avoid taking part.

Ms Plas, who came up with the weekly ritual that ran for ten weeks on Thursdays at 8pm during the first lockdown, had confirmed its return yesterday.

But the Dutch national who lives in Streatham, South London, said she had since been targeted with personal abuse and threats against herself and her family. 

Mother-of-one Mrs Plas claimed she now had 'no choice but to distance myself from this evening's national applause' - but insisted the event was not cancelled.

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The yoga teacher added: 'It absolutely can and should still happen at 8pm tonight if you choose and want to clap for your heroes on an individual and personal basis.'

It comes after NHS doctors, paramedics and surgeons hit out at the return of Clap for Carers tonight, saying they would rather people respect the national lockdown. 

Mrs Plas, who is originally from Amsterdam, said today: 'Since announcing the return of the applause yesterday, I have been targeted with personal abuse and threats against myself and my family by a hateful few on social media channels. 

The Shard in London is illuminated in blue

The globe at the top of Madame Tussauds is lit up in blue

The Shard and the globe at the top of Madame Tussauds lit up in blue

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