DENBIGHSHIRE and Conwy residents lined their thresholds, gathered on pavements and even raised a glass for possibly the final Clap for Carers.

Annemarie Plas, the woman behind the past 10 weeks of collective national applause for all key workers, has called for the ritual end "at its peak".

Among those making the most of the final event were residents of East and West Avenue in Prestatyn, who raised a glass of bubbly after the clap while socially distancing.

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Fellow Prestatyn residents Connor and Alyssa Dean will continue to clap weekly

Ms Plas has said she has no problem with people continuing to gather at 8pm each Thursday to clap, but said she will not be among those taking part in future as the event amidst criticism that the event has become too "politicised".

Despite the founder taking a step back, the majority of readers who have contacted The Journal have vowed to keep up their show of support each week.

Debbie Batterbee of Rhyl said: "We should carry on clapping. It is important to show all key workers our appreciation at this time.

Holly Adamson agreed: "Front line workers can’t stop or take a break, we still need to show them we care."

Herron Bill agreed: "We should stop when all the care workers and NHS staff no longer have to deal with it it."

Readers also highlighted the personal significance of joining millions in solidarity over the past 10 weeks.

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Roxie Lou Davies, eight, will continue to clap for frontline staff including her mother, nurse Gemma Davies

Children's Community Nurse Gemma Davies told the Journal: "We love doing it. I work night shifts for the NHS across Conwy and Denbighshire, so it's a really lovely thing to these hard times we are going through .

"My daughter would still like to.carry on as it's something nice to do in these hard times."

Karen Hulme said: "My mother in law as been in hospital care now 20 weeks, has battled Covid, now has pneumonia and is battling again so I clap to show appreciation to those helping her."

However, others feel that Clap for Carers falls short in showing appreciation.

Carrie Anne Williams believes that carers and key wqorkers deserve more than a clap and has been making care packages for staff.

She said: "They deserve it more than a clap. I do it all myself and it puts a smile on my face and their faces, so its well worth it."

Bernadette Horton went further: "Clapping is futile. They all need an immediate pay rise - a substantial one at that."

Debbie Hickmott added: "They all need pay rise, but there should also be medals given out for service like the wars."