Lord Mayor’s Blog

September 6th 2021

An amazing start to the last two weeks at the 80th Anniversary of the first Arctic Convoy that left from Liverpool. A beautiful service was held at Our Lady & St Nicholas Church, followed by wreath laying in the church gardens.  Then we visited the Western Approaches where the convoys were organised and overseen by Winston Churchill. The day finished with a civic reception at the Town Hall which was attended by 160 people including two convoy veterans, Denis Rose and Alexander Crowe.

Next there was a wonderful Civic Luncheon at the Artist’s Club then on to the Dutch Farm in Garston where YMCA Together marked its 175th Birthday by opening a memorial garden to all the homeless people who have tragically died whilst living on the streets.

Gaia Ahuja and Josiah Worth invited me to 24 Kitchen Street to talk about Black History Month and tell me about the work they do as the lead in Liverpool for programming Black Musicians.

The summer fair that I visited at St Nathanael’s church in Fazakerley was moved inside the church because of heavy rain but that didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits. There are so many volunteers doing so much for so many – feeding people during the pandemic and in the following months and also providing support for anyone who needs it.  I take my hats off to all of them.

Local Solutions invited me to their base at Mount Vernon Green and to the Young Person’s Hub on Scotland Road. The work they do with young people if phenomenal, helping them off of the streets where they may have been homeless and supporting them with ways to move forward, especially with working towards employment and managing a home of their own.

Finally, Speke Adventure Playground (Speke Venny) invited me to open their Neighbours Day. What a fantastic afternoon for over 650 local residents and children with all the fun of the fair, including face painting, bouncy castles, a barbecue and music. There was a great atmosphere with families getting together for the first time in over 18 months. Well done Speke Venny!

Cllr Mary Rasmussen
Lord Mayor of Liverpool 2021/22


August 24th 2021

A very busy but enjoyable couple of weeks in the life of the Lord Mayor.

I’ve visited two of my charities – The Whitechapel Centre and Tom Harrison House. The work being done in both centres is phenomenal. Their work with veterans and homeless people is both inspirational and humbling. I’m so glad that I chose them as two of my charities this year.

I visited our new Chief Constable Serena Kennedy and then unveiled Unite the Penguin in Hunts Cross. Unite has had a much-needed makeover and a commemorative plaque has now been placed with him. I had an amazing lunch with the Alexandrians of Merseyside, a group of women who work tirelessly raising much-needed funds for SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity.

Then I was off to watch a magic show by Steve Price and then deliver a welcome speech to students from China which was organised by Liverpool Chinese students and scholars at their fresher orientation event. I was also invited to open the Imagineer Bridge Event on Breeze Hill and watch our very own Grace Neville Evans, the only Scouser in the cast, on the high wire. Wow, it was mind-blowing! What a very brave young woman!

I was honoured to lay a wreath in memory of the 250,000 people killed by the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Finally, I was so humbled to be part of the 80th Anniversary of the Arctic Convoys. A beautiful service at St Nicholas church which was attended by so many including His Excellency Andrei Kelin, Russian Ambassador, The Lord-Lieutenant, The High Sherriff, Baroness Annabel Goldie, Wendy Morton MP and our two veterans Denis Rose and Alex Crowe. The service was followed by a wreath-laying in the church gardens and then on to the Western Approaches to see how the convoys were organised. We ended our day with a civic reception in the Town Hall and we all paid full respect to our veterans for the sacrifices they made for us all.

Cllr Mary Rasmussen
Lord Mayor of Liverpool 2021/22