Iconic Bamburgh Castle shone blue to show its support of NHS, carers and key workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
The castle, which stands 150 feet above the Northumberland coastline on a whin sill outcrop, was illuminated by castle stonemason Stuart Baillie who devised an ingenious way to light the castle blue using perspex sheets attached to the castle’s existing floodlights, during his routine maintenance visits to the castle.
Bamburgh Castle owner Francis Watson Armstrong said: “Stuart has done the most incredible job to create this amazing tribute as a salute to our brave NHS, carers, frontline and key workers in the fight against the coronavirus.
“While the castle is temporarily closed, we wanted to be able to use the castle – which is one of the British Isles’ best-loved landmarks – and the skills of our team – to say thank you and show our support to those who are putting their own lives at risk to help others and who are keeping our country going during the outbreak.
“We will be joining the nation this evening at 8pm for a mass round of applause as we continue to show our thanks and support.”