For the first time in more than two decades the shipyard which built the Titanic sounded its siren tonight to salute frontline healthcare workers in the UK.
A Harland and Wolff spokesperson said: “We simply want to share our gratitude to all workers in the NHS and other critical services across Northern Ireland, the wider UK and globally, as we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them in these unprecedented times. The word ‘hero’ is often overused and overdone, but that is the best and most fitting description of our nurses, doctors and everyone – and we mean everyone – currently working and volunteering in the health service and all other critical services. The sounding of the Harland and Wolff horn is, with all things in consideration, a very small gesture. However, we feel that it will serve as a siren of solidarity, hope and tenacity for Belfast, Northern Ireland and the UK as a whole.”