Colourful road markings paying tribute to the hard work and dedication of local carers are being painted across Bolton.
Rainbows and “thank you NHS messages” have already been added to the streets outside Royal Bolton Hospital.
Now “thank you carers” messages are being painted outside 10 local care homes in a tribute to those on the social care frontline.
NHS health centres across Bolton will also get uplifting messages added to nearby roads with rainbows and the words “stay well” painted on the tarmac.
The signs have been sponsored meaning there is no cost to Bolton council tax payers - local contractor Kays have also painted all the markings on behalf of Bolton Council.
Executive Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Cllr Andy Morgan, said: “Social care staff working in local care homes or in people’s homes are the other frontline in the fight against coronavirus.
“These caring and dedicated staff are putting themselves in harm’s way to look after some of the most vulnerable members of society.
“Alongside the NHS, frontline staff really are the heroes of this crisis.”
Executive Cabinet Member for Highways, Cllr Stuart Haslam, added: “A few weeks ago we started a local effort to set in stone our thanks to frontline NHS staff – with messages and rainbows painted at locations near Royal Bolton Hospital.
“Now it’s the carers’ turn and we hope these messages demonstrate how much their bravery, compassion and commitment are valued right now.
“This is just one way the Bolton family is showing its support to our NHS and social care key workers. Don’t forget to come out every Thursday at 8pm to show your support during the weekly clap for key workers.”
Bolton Council is hoping to have all the new markings painted by the end of this week.