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:
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 League of Welldoers is Liverpool's oldest charity. It receives no funding from either local council or central government for its core activities and relies almost entirely on the generosity of individuals and its own fund raising activities to make ends meet. Its activities include:
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.
Mr Mark Blundell takes post today as Merseyside's sixth Lord-Lieutenant since the county was created in 1974. He follows his distinguished predecessor, Dame Lorna Muirhead, whose last act as Lord-Lieutenant was to give the 150th Roscoe Lecture.
The majority of the photographs on this website are taken by a great friend of the Merseyside Lieutenancy, Major Roy Bevan MBE. Roy has been the semi-official photographer for many events in Merseyside, from local interest to Royal events including visits by Her Majesty The Queen.
On Saturday 15th July, Roy was judging the Photographic section of the Hightown Flower Show also took some photographs to support the event.
Shown in the photograph above are (L-R) the Mayor of Sefton Councillor Dave Robinson, Mark Blundell DL and his wife Suzanne, Committee President Clive Harris and Colonel Gordon Black, Commandant of Altcar Training Centre.
Liverpool hosted the National Celebrations for Armed Forces Day on 24th June 2017. Events included a military parade from St George’s Hall to the Pier Head supported by bands.
There were also gun salutes, flypasts by the Red Arrows and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and exciting displays along the Pier Head including planes, helicopters, diving tanks, rigid inflatable boats, tanks, a field hospital, simulators and marching bands.
The Royal Navy’s type-23 frigate, HMS Iron Duke was docked in the city for the celebrations, and the day came to a spectacular close with the Royal Marines band beating retreat.
HRH The Earl of Wessex attended on behalf of the Queen. The Prime Minister also attended along with senior political and military representatives, the Lord Mayor of Liverpool and civic representatives, and hundreds of service personnel, cadets and veterans from the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force.