Representing the Lord-Lieutenant at the Wirral Remembrance Day service on 11th November 2018, Colonel Martin Amlôt OBE DL joined the Mayor of Wirral, Councillor Geoffrey Watt, at the Cenotaph at Birkenhead Town Hall.
Each year the Lord-Lieutenant appoints young people to fulfil the duties of Lord-Lieutenant's Cadet. Their duties are to be available when possible to support the Lord-Lieutenant on all appropriate occasions, especially those involving meeting members of uniformed organisations or young peoples' groups. Cadets carry out their duties whenever their priority commitments to their families and to their education allow.
The Lord-Lieutenant attended the ‘Battle of Britain Reception’ at RAF Woodvale on Wednesday 5th September. At the event the Lord-Lieutenant presented two Certificates and Badges to his new Cadets to formalise their appointment as his Cadets for 2018/19.
The two cadets appointed are both from the Air Training Corps (ATC) and are Cadet Warrant Officer James Francis ATC of 1175 (Prenton) Sqn ATC, and Cadet Flight Sergeant Danielle Turner ATC – 90 (Speke) Sqn ATC.
HRH The Duke visited the International Business Festival, held at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool for nine days in June 2018. The festival has attracted visitors from around the world to debate subjects from green energy to the rise of the robots. HRH was announced as the patron of the event last year. This year he met delegates, including the young entrepreneurs taking part in the NextGenFest for 16 to 24-year-olds. HRH also gave a short address on the festival's main Futures Stage.
After the festival, the Duke travelled to Liverpool's Georgian Quarter to open James' Place, a centre for men experiencing suicidal thoughts. The Centre has been set up by the family of James Wentworth-Stanley, who took his life aged 21. The Centre offers visitors one-to-one free therapeutic support at their time of need. It was created as the first in the country by James Wentworth-Stanley's mother, Clare Marchioness of Milford Haven, supported by members of her family and others who are concerned about the mental welfare of young men. More details can be found at https://www.jamesplace.org.uk/
The Lord-Lieutenant was the principal guest at the Pass Out Parade of the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service Operational Firefighters on Thursday 7th June at the Training and Development Academy, Croxteth. The Lord-Lieutenant was hosted by Mr Phil Garrigan, the acting Chief Fire Officer and was accompanied by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Christine Banks.
Full details of the recruitment, induction and training of new Merseyside Firefighters are given here:
To mark Armed Forces Day 2018, the Army Benevolent Fund held a reception at Haydock Park Racecourse. The Lord-Lieutenant presented a certificate marking the achievement of a Guinness World Record by the Army Foundation College Harrogate for 'the most participants in a bleep test' achieved in December 2017. The College raised £106,000 for the Army Benevolent Fund, presenting the cheque to Brigadier Robin Bacon, Chief of Staff of the Fund..
Including in the event were displays by the Red Devils Parachute Display Team and the Lancashire Artillery Band, and static displays of military personnel and equipment. A collection was made for the Army Benevolent Fund.
The Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside, Mr Mark Blundell, presided over the historic ceremony of the installation of the new High Sheriff of Merseyside, Mr Peter Woods DL in the Lutyens Crypt of Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral. The ceremony and the formal promises the new High Sheriff makes are both rooted in ancient precedent but are also wholly relevant to the High Sheriff's important role today. Although the High Sheriff's duties are wide ranging, a significant part of the role is to act as Her Majesty the Queen's personal representative for law and order in the county. The proceedings were conducted by the Under-Sheriff of the Duchy of Lancaster, Mr David Cam DL in front of dignitaries who included the Recorder of Liverpool, His Honour Judge Clement Goldstone, the officiating magistrate, Mr Robert Owen JP DL and two Commissioners, Lady Pilkington MBE DL and Mrs Jean Wotherspoon OBE DL. The Dean of the Cathedral, Canon Anthony O'Brien welcomed the official party and guests. Prayers at the conclusion were said by Sister Betty of the Pauline Bookshop, who together with Canon Anthony will be the High Sheriff's Chaplains this year.
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The flag of the Queen's Award for Enterprise flies over the St Helens Chamber of Commerce. The Lord-Lieutenant presented the most prestigious award for commerce and industry to the Chamber for its innovation and leadership in business and commerce in the area. The annual Queen’s Awards recognise British businesses that have excelled and the Chamber was one of just six winners of the new Promoting Opportunity Award, introduced for the first time this year.Accepting the award St Helens Chamber chairman Graham Worsley, said:
“We are delighted to have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in recognition of the work we do to promote opportunity and support social mobility.
“The commitment of our staff is exemplary and the work we do makes a huge impact on people and businesses in St Helens.
“The Chamber is an asset to St Helens and we are proud to have had this recognised at the highest level.”
As part of a day of visits to Merseyside, HRH The Duke of Cambridge visited Aintree University Hospital to open formally the new Urgent Care and Trauma Centre (UCAT) on 14th September. He was accompanied throughout by the Lord-Lieutenant.
The £35m facility, which took four years to construct, is one of the most modern emergency centres in the country.
During his visit the Duke met clinical staff from Aintree and its partner organisations, including the North West Air Ambulance. The Duke served as a pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance service from March 2015 until July this year.
Watched by the Lord-Lieutenant and Dr Neil Goodwin, the Hospital Chairman, he was presented with a posy of flowers, including sea holly, Merseyside’s county flower, by Helena Curry from Croxteth, who has notched up more than 1,650 hours volunteering in the hospital’s Emergency Department since 2011.