A fun day is being held at North Devon District Hospital to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS.

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust is hosting the free family event on Sunday, July 1 to mark the 70th birthday of the National health Service.

The day will be packed full of activities, with plenty of fun for all ages, including tours of the hospital, demonstrations, an entertainment stage with live music and dancing, food and drink from local suppliers, and kids’ activities.

Local organisations and sellers are invited to have a stall at the event, with a proportion of any profits going to the trust charity Over and Above, in support of the Cancer and Wellbeing Centre Appeal.

Ian Roome, head of fundraising and volunteering, said: “The NHS has supported us all in some way over the last 70 years, and this event is about getting everybody together to recognise the fantastic work of our NHS here in northern Devon.

“We hope to see members of staff, both past and present, their families and friends, and the community coming together to celebrate and have fun, whilst also supporting the trust charity.”

Parking will also be free, although donations to the charity will be very welcome.

Tours will include a tour of the Tarka Radio station, a tour behind the scenes of NDDH, a teddy bear tour for children – bring a teddy along and see what teddy gets up to when needing a trip to hospital – and more.

There will also be the chance to get creative and contribute to a time capsule – come along and write or draw your message on a giant scroll which will be placed in the foundations of the new North Devon Cancer and Wellbeing Centre.

The trust says there are lots of opportunities for people to join in and take part.

Local groups or clubs that would like to perform or do a demonstration are invited to get in touch.

Organisations or business can have a stand. It is free to attend but we request that you bring your own set up. Sellers will be asked to donate a proportion of profits to Over and Above.

People are being asked to bring along old photos, uniforms or NHS-related items that can be shown on a history stand.

If you would like to have a stand or be involved, email ndht.charity@nhs.net or call 01271 311772.