Landmarks are set to light up blue in honour of the 75th anniversary of the NHS this week.

Well-known locations across Brighton and Hastings will be illuminated on Wednesday evening to mark the occasion alongside sites across the country.

The special commemoration comes as the country is set to mark 75 years of the NHS.

Among the sites to light up in Brighton and Hastings are:

  • Brighton Town Hall
  • Hove Town Hall
  • The Brighton Centre
  • The Mazda Fountain in Victoria Gardens
  • The Royal Pavilion
  • Brighton Palace Pier
  • Bottle Alley in Hastings

Brighton and Hove City Councillor Bruno de Oliveira said: “I’m proud to see the NHS marking 75 years. Seeing the city light up blue is a good reminder of how important it is to all our lives, and long may it continue.

The Argus: Royal PavilionRoyal Pavilion (Image: The Argus)

“Every single one of us uses the NHS, and we probably all know friends or family who work within it. For some of us it has been a crucial lifeline at the most difficult times in our lives.

“You can’t underestimate the importance of not having an extra worry if our children are ill or if our parents need to go into hospital. For it to be free and available for all is something that binds us together as a society.


“I am honoured to chair the Health & Wellbeing Board and to work closely with the NHS to make sure our five-year plan ensures better health and care for everyone in the city.”

Landmarks will be lit up from around dusk on Wednesday, the NHS’s official birthday, to celebrate the occasion.

The Argus: Brighton Palace PierBrighton Palace Pier (Image: The Argus)

Other landmarks to be illuminated across the country include the London Eye, Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth and Royal Liver Building in Liverpool.

Lola Banjoko, executive managing director for Brighton and Hove at NHS Sussex, said: “It’s great to see landmarks in Brighton and Hove light-up to honour NHS 75 and mark this special time for health and care.

“Apart from celebrating this milestone anniversary for the NHS, it is a great time to thank the hardworking staff who care for people in many different health and care settings across the city and Sussex, and to remind people that the NHS is there for them when they need help.”