Iconic buildings to light up blue to celebrate the NHS’ 70th birthday!

Iconic landmarks and buildings across the North will be lighting up in blue on the evening of 5 July to say ‘Happy Birthday’ to the NHS and to recognise its special place in our lives.

As well as lighting up landmarks, events are being organised by and for staff, hospital trusts and healthcare organisations to mark the seventieth birthday in style.

North landmarks confirmed to turn blue include:

  • Bridgewater Place, Leeds
  • York Minster
  • Leeds Town Hall
  • Leeds Civic Hall
  • Leeds First Direct Arena
  • Hull University Medical Allam Building
  • Leeds University
  • Merrion Centre, Leeds
  • York Hospital
  • XSCAPE, Castleford
  • Bradford City Hall Clock
  • Roof of Margaret McMillan Tower, Bradford
  • Mirror Pool, City Park Bradford
  • Forster Square, Bradford
  • Bradford Big Screen
  • Millennium Square TV, Leeds
  • Wainhouse Tower, Halifax
  • Sheffield children’s Hospital
  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield
  • Wakefield Town Hall Clock Tower
  • York Historical City Walls
  • Clifford’s Tower, York
  • The Royal Hall, Harrogate
  • Knaresborough House, Knaresborough
  • Ripon Town Hall, Ripon
  • Fountains in Queen Victoria Square, Hull
  • Maritime Museum, Hull
  • Hull City Hall
  • Hull Minster
  • Solar Gate, Hull
  • Queen Victoria statue in Queen Victoria Square, Hull
  • Andrew Marvell Statue, Hull
  • Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
  • Huddersfield Town Hall
  • Berwick: Royal Border Bridge
  • Whitley Bay: St Mary’s Lighthouse
  • Gateshead: Millennium Bridge
  • Newcastle: Civic Centre
  • South Shields: Town Hall
  • Sunderland: Penshaw Monument (National Trust)
  • Sunderland: Magistrates Building, Keel Square
  • Durham: County Hall
  • Middlesbrough: Centre Square fountain
  • Stockton-on-Tees: Riverside
  • Stockton-on-Tees: High Street
  • Stockton-on-Tees: Fountain
  • Stockton-on-Tees: Newport Bridge
  • Darlington: Darlington Memorial Hospital
  • Carlisle: Hilltop Heights
  • Middlesborough Transporter Bridge
  • Tyne Bridge – Newcastle
  • Sunderland Empire
  • Sunderland Beacon of Light
  • Pennrith Town Hall
  • Great North Museum, Newcastle
  • Blackpool Tower
  • Chorley Council Clock Tower
  • Mersey Gateway Bridge
  • Everton Goodison Park
  • Learning Lab and University of Liverpool
  • Steve Prescot Bridge – St Helens
  • Footbridge across the M62 between Bowring Park and The Rocket
  • Liverpool Port of Liverpool
  • Lancashire County Council
  • Liverpool Cunard Building
  • Liverpool Town Hall
  • Liverpool St Georges Hall
  • St Helens Rugby Club
  • Mechanical Engineering Building, Liverpool Uni
  • Isla Gladstone Conservatory, Stanley Park, Liverpool
  • Warrington Rugby Club
  • Ribbleton Library
  • Bacup Library
  • Kirkham Library
  • Carnforth Library
  • Skelmersdale Library
  • Bolton-le-Sands Library
  • Longridge Library
  • Silverdale Library
  • Liverpool Radio City Tower / Beacon
  • World Museum, Liverpool
  • Media City UK, Salford
  • Orange Tower, Salford Quays
  • Manchester Town Hall
  • Bury Art Museum
  • Stockport Town Hall
  • Sefton Park Palm House, Sefton Park
  • Marine Hall Theatre, Fleetwood
  • St Luke’s Church (Bombed out Church), Liverpool
  • Liverpool Convention Centre
  • Kendal Parish Church
  • Kendal Castle
  • Edge Hill University
  • Liverpool Echo Arena
  • Chester Town Hall
  • Chester Eastgate Clock
  • The Royal Liver Building, Liverpool
  • Preston North End Football Stadium and Splash Sculpture
  • Bascule Bridge, Liverpool
  • The Hanover Building – Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Imperial War Museum, Manchester

People are encouraged to take photos and share them via social media using the hashtags: #NHS70 and #LightUpBlue.

Tea will be at the centre of many events as NHS organisations, as well as the general public, will be holding NHS Big 7Tea’ celebrations.

The public can help directly by volunteering, supporting their local NHS charity or by giving blood.

NHS England’s Medical Director in Yorkshire and the Humber, Paul Twomey, said: “It is clear from the support we have had with regards to NHS 70 that everyone is really getting behind all the activities planned in Yorkshire and the Humber.

“The NHS is something to be proud of, for those who work within it and for those who benefit from the services provided and I am sure the celebrations taking place will be a reflection of this pride and the affection we all have for this great organisation.

“I hope everyone will join in the celebrations and take photographs of and selfies with the lit up buildings and share using #LightUpBlue.”

For a full list of landmarks involved nationally, please click here.

6 ways to join in the NHS 70 celebrations and support the NHS going forward

  • Hold a Big 7 Tea Party:
  • Give blood and join the Organ Donor Register to help save lives – call the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23
  • Volunteer for and support NHS charities
  • Take care of yourself and make a pledge to use NHS services wisely
  • Work for the NHS
  • Get involved in research projects