CELEBRATIONS to mark the 72nd anniversary of the NHS will take place at Barnsley Hospital.

On July 5, 1948, health minister, Aneurin Bevan created the National Health Service to provide free healthcare at the point of access.

Throughout the past few months, a strain has been placed on the NHS and its resources due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But in recognition of the historical feat, and to celebrate the hard-working frontline staff during the pandemic, the hospital will be lit up blue tomorrow.

On Sunday there were also be a nation-wide ‘Pause for Applause’ at 5pm, which encourages people to recognise the support the NHS has provided during the past months.

Despite the celebrations taking place, the hopsital has urged people to maintian social distancing rules, and has asked that no crowds gather outside the hospital.