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Mayor raises flag to celebrate 75 years of the NHS

2:53 pm, Wednesday, 5th July 2023 - 11 months ago

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A flag has been hoisted high above Grimsby Town Hall to mark the 75th birthday of the National Health Service in Britain.

The short flag-raising ceremony, which took place on Wednesday morning, was observed by local dignitaries and NHS workers and led by the Worshipful The Mayor of the Borough of North East Lincolnshire, Councillor Ian Lindley.

The NHS was founded in 1948, and has since marked some significant milestones, including Britain’s first kidney transplant in 1960, Europe’s first liver transplant in 1968, the world’s first CT scan on a patient in 1971, and the world’s first test-tube baby born in 1978.

More recently, the NHS mobilised to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, delivering life-saving treatments and a huge vaccination programme.

The Mayor of North East Lincolnshire, Councillor Ian Lindley, who is this year marking 41 years of working for the NHS, said it was an important moment.

“The NHS is an incredible institution that has become part of British life. Each and every day it delivers world-leading care to people across the country, and it’s right that we celebrate this tremendous milestone.

“I’m pleased to be here today to help lead the borough’s celebrations of this momentous occasion.”

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