Clap for Heroes founder opts out as return of ritual appears to fall flat

The return of weekly clapping for the "heroes" of the pandemic appeared subdued on Thursday, with the founder opting out too. Annemarie Plas, who came up with the weekly ritual that ran for 10 weeks during the first lockdown, did not participate in the Clap for Heroes event, having distanced herself from the relaunch after being targeted with “hateful” abuse on social media.