This Thursday's 'clap for carers' should be the last, says its architect

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Annemarie Plas, architect of the “clap for carers” gesture, has said next Thursday’s event, the tenth, should be the last.

The 36-year-old, from South London, told the PA news agency: “I think it’s good to have the last of the series next Thursday, because to have the most impact I think it is good to stop it at its peak.

“Without getting too political, I share some of the opinions that some people have about it becoming politicised.

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“I think the narrative is starting to change and I don’t want the clap to be negative.

Should we wind down the applause on Thursdays?Should we wind down the applause on Thursdays?
Should we wind down the applause on Thursdays? | Getty

“A clap is something normal people can do, showing our appreciation.

“But the power is not with us. We can give them respect but we are not signing the cheque – that falls on another desk.”

Ms Plas suggested resurrecting the clap in 2021 to mark a year since the coronavirus outbreak.

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