CLAP for Carers is set to return but under the new name of 'Clap for Heroes' to pay tribute to those who have played their part in the battle against coronavirus.

It will revive the show of support last seen during the first coronavirus wave last spring.

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What time does Clap for Heroes start tomorrow? 

It will start on Thursday, January 7, at 8pm, under a new name, Clap for Heroes.

People can join in from their doorsteps now we are in a third lockdown.

Who are people clapping for?

Annemarie Plas, who came up with the weekly ritual that ran for 10 weeks during the first lockdown, tweeted that the tradition would be returning as Clap for Heroes.

She said: "We are bringing back the 8pm applause, in our 3rd lockdown.

"I hope it can lift the spirit, of all of us.

"Carers teacher, homeschooling parents, those who shield and ALL who is pushing through this difficult time! Please join & share! #clapforheroes.

How did Clap for Carers start?

Ms Plas, a Dutch national living in South London, came up with the "spontaneous idea" as a way to show support for frontline workers battling Covid-19, and thought it might end up being just her and a few friends sharing the moment on video chat.

However, it quickly became a national tradition every Thursday at 8pm during the first lockdown.

Members of the Royal Family and Prime Minister Boris Johnson also joined in with the show of support.

However, the event was criticised for becoming politicised.

Ms Plas told the PA news agency ahead of the final clap in May: "Without getting too political, I share some of the opinions that some people have about it becoming politicised.

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

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