NEIGHBOURS unfurled a 110-metre scroll bearing hundreds of messages of thanks for the NHS along their street on Sunday.

Residents in Windmill Street, Brighton, were celebrating the NHS’s 72nd anniversary and campaigning against its privatisation.

The show of support was organised by Sussex Defend The NHS, which fights to keep the body in public hands.

Resident and campaigner Sean de Podesta said: “In 2018 to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS, Sussex Defend The NHS went round Brighton and Hove gathering more than 2,000 testimonies from residents about what the NHS meant to them.

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“The scroll was so long that it had never been displayed all together. For the last 18 months it has been stored in my loft. I thought displaying the scroll in its entirety for the first time would be a great way to say thank you to all our NHS staff and other care workers for what they’ve done during for us during the Covid-19 crisis.

“It is a 110-metre-long illustration of how important the NHS is to everyone in this country – and how critical it is to support it properly in the future.”

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On Friday, Sussex Defend The NHS organised a demonstration outside the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton in support of a pay claim by health unions. The group wants to make sure NHS workers are properly rewarded for their efforts during the coronavirus crisis.