The Lord-Lieutenant and Mr Muirhead joined the Lord Mayor of Liverpool at her annual civic service at the Parish Church of Our Lady and St Nicholas, Liverpool's own Parish Church. This is an occasion when the Lord Mayor and other civic heads can give thanks for their opportunity for service to the wider community. The Rector of Liverpool, the Reverend Dr Crispin Pailing conducted te service.
On 29th October 2016 in Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall, the massed bands and the Corps of Drums of the Royal Marines played a charity concert for the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines Charity. Local mezzo-soprano Danielle Thomas sang and the concert was compered by John Suchet, the broadcaster.
The Lord-Lieutenant, assisted by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Mr David McDonnell CBE, presented four British Empire Medals at the Athenaeum, Liverpool on 7th October 2016. Recipients were the Revd Jean Flood BEM, Mrs Gwen McMichan BEM, Mr Ian McMichan BEM and Mr Kwong Nam BEM BCAc. Recipients were joined by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool and her Consort, the Mayor and Mayoress of Sefton and the Mayor and Mayoress of Wirral as well as Deputy Lieutenants of Merseyside, family and friends.
The Lord-Lieutenant, asisted by the High Sheriff, Mr Jim Davies OBE DL and Colonel Martin Amlôt OBE DL, a Deputy Lieutenant, presented the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service to the See Yep Association, a community organisation working with Liverpool's Chinese community. Full details are at: http://seeyepuk.org/queensaward.php
The Lord-Lieutenant is Honorary Colonel of Merseyside Army Cadet Force. In August 2016, The Lord-Lieutenant and Mr Muirhead visited Annual Camp which was held at Sennybridge in South Wales. While she was there, Dame Lorna met staff and cadets, and watched the young people training in a variety of outdoor pursuits and military activities.
Rescued from closure by volunteers, the Plaza Community Cinema in Crosby now sits at the heart of the community. As well as showing current films as soon as they are released, the cinema acts as a community hub for many different groups. In recognition of their service, the trustees and volunteers of the cinema were awarded a Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in 2016. The Award was presented by Colonel Martin Amlôt OBE OStJ DL in the temporary absence of the Lord-Lieutenant who was indisposed.
The Lord-Lieutenant led other civic dignitaries and people of Merseyside in commemorating the centenary of the opening of the Battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916. The day's events began with blowing whistles at 0730 hours to mark the moment the attack began.
Events have taken place throughout Merseyside to celebrate the three Armed Services and the Merchant Navy. Beginning on 20th June, a reception was held in Liverpool Town Hall, attended by the Lord-Lieutenant, the High Sheriff and members of the Armed Forces.
On 25th June a Drum Head service took place on Exchange Flags, Liverpool.
,On 26th June a parade was held in Southport attended by a Deputy Lieutenant, Colonel Martin Amlôt
The Royal School for the Blind in Wavertree, Liverpool provides places for up to 66 pupils ranging in age from 2-19 years. All students have a visual impairment and learning difficulties ranging from moderate to profound. Many students have additional sensory, physical or behavioural disabilities. Pupils come from all over the country, and about 40% are residential from Monday to Friday.
The school has just opened a specialist nursery, serving children with the same needs - 'Teddy's Nursery'. The Lord-Lieutenant was invited to visit the school and to open the nursery formally, on a brilliantly sunny spring day.
The Lord-Lieutenant in each county will appoint a Vice Lord-Lieutenant and a number of Deputy Lieutenants to assist the Lord-Lieutenant in his or her duties. A commission is received from the Queen and is passed to each Lord-Lieutenant in England and Wales by the Lord Chancellor. The commission is presented at a formal ceremony and each Deputy Lieutenant is entitled to use the letters DL after his or her name. In 2016, the following have been commissioned:
Mrs Paige Lewis Earlam DL
Nigel Stuart Lanceley Esq DL
His Honour John Houghton Roberts DL
David Steer Esq QC DL
Professor Nigel Peter Weatherill
Professor Dr Ian Tracey DL had been commissioned in 2015 but this was the first opportunity to present his commission.
Details of Merseyside Deputy Lieutenants can be found at this page.