To mark Commonwealth Day 2017 in Liverpool, the Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside, Dame Lorna Muirhead raised the Commonwealth flag on the world famous Royal Liver Building. The Lord-Lieutenant was joined by the High Sheriff of Merseyside, Mr Jim Davies, the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Roz Gladden and other dignitaries.
75 years ago, the Japanese followed their attack on Pearl Harbour by invading countries in South East Asia. British Malaya fell in December, and British and Commonwealth forces withdrew to Singapore island. On 15th February 1942 these forces were surrendered, the largest surrender of British and Commonwealth forces in history. Along the way the RAF contingent had been destroyed and two major ships, the HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse were sunk.
At Liverpool Parish Church of Our Lady and St Nicholas, on 15th February 2017, the Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside led a commemoration service to honour those who fell and those who subsequently suffered so much in the appalling circumstances of a brutal captivitiy.
Once again this year, the Lord-Lieutenant, supported by her Deputy Lieutenants, played a full part in the ceremonial events arranged in each borough and the City of Liverpool. The Lord-Lieutenant laid her wreath at the Cenotaph on St George's Plateau in Liverpool at an event that was very well attended, as were all events throughout the county.
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.