Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott have announced they will play a free concert for UK NHS staff who are working on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic.

The pair are planning to give away 9,000 tickets to the show, which is scheduled to take place at Nottingham Motorpoint Arena on Tuesday 13th October 2020.

The free tickets will not be limited to medical staff only but will include all hospital auxiliary staff too, such as security guards, cleaners, support workers and porters.

Recognising the tireless efforts staff have been putting in to try and keep us all safe, Paul said in a statement that hospital workers “can never be thanked enough”.

“The coronavirus pandemic should remind everyone, and let no-one forget, that our National Health Service is the most brilliant and significant institution in our lives.

“The men and women who serve us and care for us, give us hope and sacrifice their own wellbeing, can never be thanked enough.

“We are just musicians, so there is little we can do but sing for you. By way of appreciation, we announce the following gig for all frontline NHS staff. From the porters, the cleaners and the drivers, to the doctors and the nurses; thank you.”

Tickets will be limited to two per person and will be available from Tuesday 31st March at 7pm.

Ticket applications must only be made by the NHS member of staff, who must bring their valid NHS or Primary Care Trust I.D card to the show. Ticket checks will be in operation.

All tickets will carry the name of the person who made the booking and this must match the name that is on the NHS or Primary Care Trust I.D card or admission will be refused.

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