THOUSANDS of people have signed up to a “Clap for Nicola” event to mark the First Minister’s 50th birthday.

People across Scotland are being urged to get out on their doorsteps to applaud at 8pm on Sunday, July 19.

More than 8000 people have signalled their intention to join in, with a further 23,000 “interested” on the Facebook page.

Organiser Siobhan McCann encouraged participants to make a racket loud enough for Westminster to hear.

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She posted on the event page: “Our First Minister has done an exceptional job throughout what’s been a strange year so far, to say the least.

“We clapped for our fantastic NHS. We even clapped for Boris at some point (why, I’m not quite sure).

“Let’s give Nicola the ‘full regalia’ on her 50th birthday, Sunday 19th July at 8pm.

“Get the pipes and pans oot and cheer once more for oor Nicola! And let’s make sure Westminster hear us!”

Further details can be found here.