NORTHUMBERLAND Freemasons have pledged their support to the NHS by sponsoring a special variety show thanking NHS, social care and frontline workers.

Masons throughout England and Wales are leading the world’s ‘first’ celebration of NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers Day on July 5 and here in the North-East, Northumberland Freemasons are getting behind a variety show at the Tyne Theatre and Opera House which will close the day’s celebrations.

The unique and special day is dedicated to the NHS, social care and those that work on the frontline - workers who have saved many lives during the pandemic.

The event will also remember workers who have lost their lives helping others.

Already confirmed on the bill is X Factor winner, musical theatre star and number one artist Joe McElderry with more big-name stars expected to be added to the line up.

The event will be live streamed free of charge with any donations going to NHS charities.

As well as an online audience, it is hoped that the theatre will be filled with representatives from the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust, Northumbria Healthcare NHS, North East Ambulance Service, Great North Air Ambulance Service and Northumbria Blood Bikes.

Other key workers and their families will also be invited as a small token of appreciation for their hard work and dedication.

Ian Craigs, the head of Northumberland Freemasons, which covers Northumberland, North Tyneside and Newcastle, was delighted to support the event.

He said: “The United Grand Lodge of England and ourselves here in Northumberland are pleased to be able to support this event as it gives us all a chance to say ‘thank you’ to everyone in the NHS and social care for looking after us in the most difficult of times.

“The show is a great way for people to enjoy themselves and at the same time, raise much-needed funds for NHS related charities.

“We have all been through so much and this performance may be just what the doctor ordered.”

More details on the show are at