'Clap for Petrol'! Social media users joke that Britons should applaud fuel ...

'Clap for Petrol'! Social media users joke that Britons should applaud fuel ...
'Clap for Petrol'! Social media users joke that Britons should applaud fuel ...
Now 'CLAP FOR PETROL'! Social media users joke that Britons should applaud fuel station workers at 8pm on their doorsteps as country faces latest crisis

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Social media users have joked that Britons should carry out a 'clap for petrol' this week by applauding fuel station workers at 8pm on their doorsteps.

One described the staff working amid the chaos as 'modern day Tommies' while others suggested singing 'God Save the Queen' while clapping every Thursday.

It follows the weekly 'Clap for Carers' which quickly became a national pastime each Thursday at 8pm for ten weeks during the first coronavirus lockdown last year.

Millions of people across the UK lined their thresholds, gathered on pavements and stood in their gardens to show their support for care staff and frontline workers.

Some set off fireworks, honked their car horns and used kitchen utensils, with members of the Royal Family and Prime Minister Boris Johnson also joining in.  

It comes as the petrol station industry warned today that drafting in the Army to deliver fuel to sites will not on its own end the shortages on the forecourt.

Boris Johnson is thought to be considering sending in troops to drive oil tankers after days of panic buying saw filling stations in many areas run dry.

The Petrol Retailers Association chairman Brian Madderson confirmed some training had been taking place 'in the background' for military personnel.

But he warned it was not an 'absolute panacea' and that there was no 'single lever'

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