PEOPLE across Somerset will stop at 5pm today (Sunday) to applaud the NHS.

July 5 marks the 72nd anniversary of the health service.

This evening's clap for the NHS is a way of saying thank you for helping us through the Covid-19 pandemic and to recognise the vital community connections that continue to support us all.

Broadcasters will suspend normal transmissions at 5pm.

Everybody will be encouraged to stop what they’re doing and join with others - following social distancing advice of course - in their streets or neighbourhoods to applaud not just the NHS and other key workers, but all those who have volunteered or helped keep services and community networks going.