‘Road rainbow’ messages thanking all NHS staff for their tireless work have appeared on roads near entrances to Royal Bolton Hospital.
The markings read “THANK YOU NHS” along with a multi-coloured rainbow underneath.
Bolton Council highways team asked local contractor Kays to paint the markings – and the company duly obliged, kindly donating their time for free.
The striking symbols of thanks have been painted on Minerva Rd near the junction of Greenland Road and on Redgate Way near the junction of Plodder Lane, in Farnworth.
Executive Cabinet Member for Highways, Cllr Stuart Haslam, said: “The efforts of each and every one of our brilliant NHS workers during in this difficult time is immeasurable.
“We wanted to pay tribute to those who are working so hard to fight the coronavirus in the hospital and we contacted Kays, who said they’d love to work with us on this.
“It is our pleasure to show our appreciation to the heroes working at the hospital and this is just one small thing we can do, on behalf of the Bolton family, to show our appreciation.
“Kays have done a great job with the markings as well as donating their time in kind – a wonderful example of true Bolton spirit.”
The markings were painted on Thursday (April 23), ahead of the national Clap for Key Workers at 8pm.
A spokesperson for Kays Traffic Management Systems Ltd said: “We are delighted to express our gratitude to the hardworking NHS.
“It is a pleasure for us to celebrate their wonderful work by providing the thermoplastic graphics and lining.
“We are proud to work with Uniplay and thermoplastic manufacturer Ennis Flint, who have kindly donated the material.”