Hundreds of people signed a card to mark the NHS’ 70th birthday.

Watford Labour Party members created a stall in Watford high street on Saturday, complete with a giant card which thanked NHS staff for their work.

Bunting and balloons helped create a celebratory atmosphere which honoured the NHS and its achievements.

The party said resources have been “starved” in recent years in Watford, pointing towards the Nascot Lawn closure as an example.

Chris Ostrowski, Watford Labour’s Parliamentary candidate said: “This was a celebration and a display of gratitude. The Labour Party created the NHS and this is Watford's way of saying thank you to all those who make free healthcare a reality.

“At least 200 people signed the NHS birthday card on Saturday and there were lots of touching stories ending with the words ' I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the NHS'. It was lovely to see children born in Watford General, including my own, write their names inside.

“We cherish the way it puts people first and supports us at every stage of our lives, but we need to work together to ensure it serves us for generations to come.”

Meanwhile in South Oxhey councillors joined people for a similar style event.

Three Rivers Labour leader Steve Cox was joined by colleagues Stephen King and Joan King in the precinct from 10.30am – midday on Saturday.

The stall was decorated with a vase of red roses as well as bunting and balloons and people queued up to sign a birthday card.

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Parish councillor Sean McCluskey also joined in the celebrations.

Cllr Cox said: "The NHS has been one of Labour's finest and enduring achievements. People value it enormously.”