Duke And Duchess of Northumberland Pay Tribute To Healthcare Staff And Keyworkers

The NHS flag is flying from the roof of Syon House


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The Duke and Duchess of Northumberland have paid tribute to the hard work and dedication of healthcare staff and keyworkers by flying the NHS flag from the roof of Syon House. The flag will remain flying for the foreseeable future on both Syon House and Alnwick Castle.

The Duke of Northumberland said: “In the last few weeks we have seen the horrors caused by this terrible pandemic. Many have lost loved ones in tragic circumstances and we have all been touched and affected by the effects of this virus on our family, friends and way of life. But whilst many of us are now shielded from the disease, in lock-down, there are many on the front line who constantly risk their lives to save and help others.

Syon House is a symbol of resilience that has stood for over 450 years, witnessing war and disease, even surviving a World War 2 doodlebug on one occasion. Now it flies a special flag to pay tribute to all those heroic doctors, nurses, carers, ancillary staff and all others on that front line, who are helping to get us through this present crisis.

We salute you all for your humanity, bravery and dedication."

Kelly Chipping, Healthcare Assistant and Kelly Noone, Postal Worker, both key workers and residents on the estate, stand proudly with the NHS flag. Our thanks to them both; as to all key workers, for their ongoing dedication and contribution during this difficult time.

While there have been no reported cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Syon Park, in the interest of the health and well-being of our visitors, employees and the wider community, we have made the decision to close Syon House and the gardens to the general public as of Friday 20th March.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will regularly update the website and our social media pages.

Syon House is the London home of the Duke of Northumberland and has been in the Percy family for over 400 years. Built on the site of a late medieval abbey, Syon boasts one of the finest Robert Adam interiors in the country and has a magnificent collection of paintings and furniture. Set in 200 acres of parkland and Capability Brown designed gardens, which includes the Great Conservatory, Syon is one of London’s hidden treasures.

For further information contact:
Mrs Leslie Feore
House Manager & Administrator
Syon Park, Brentford, Middlesex TW8 8JF
Tel. 020 8560 0882
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April 27, 2020

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