Headlines: Civic thank you to honour Liverpool’s pandemic response

A selection of people involved in the city’s response to the pandemic are thanked at a Town Hall event - plus, redevelopment work stops at Lime Street and a Service of Remembrance full of hope.

A selection of people involved in Liverpool’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic were honoured at a civic thank you event at Liverpool Town Hall this week.

Around 100 guests attended the ceremony, from hospital staff and care home workers, through to those who delivered food parcels and took to the streets to give out vital public health information, together with individuals in shaping and leading the city’s strategic response.

Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Mary Rasmussen, said: “It is often said that people come together to support each other at times of crisis, and we saw exactly that in our city during the pandemic when the very best of the human spirit was on proud display.

“We wanted not just to thank organisations but also those individuals who went above and beyond, whether it was providing care and support to others, helping with the COVID-19 response or just helping lift the city’s mood during what was a very difficult time for everyone.

“I know this is a just a small snapshot of the incredible response from communities right across Liverpool, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who played their part – however big or small – in getting us through the pandemic.”

Lime Street to be made ‘as accessible as possible’ in run up to Christmas

Liverpool City Council has legally terminated the contract for the Lime Street development scheme, due to the contractor, NMCN Ltd, going into administration.

It will now seek to ensure Lime Street will be accessible as possible in the run up to the busy Christmas period for the city centre.

It is hoped the Lime Street development scheme will be completed before the start of Spring 2022.

The scheme is part of the wider Liverpool City Centre Connectivity (LCCC) programme, which has been designed to rebalance how motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and bus users access and navigate their way around the city centre.

City’s Service of Remembrance full of hope

Liverpool will fall silent on Sunday, 14 November, when the annual Service of Remembrance takes place in Liverpool Cathedral.

Around 2,000 military personnel, veterans and families of the fallen from recent conflicts, plus civic dignitaries will gather inside the cathedral for the service and big screens will be set up in the cathedral grounds so members of the public can gather and be part of the commemorations.

Dean of Liverpool, Dr Sue Jones said: “Hosting this year’s Remembrance service on behalf of the city is a privilege.

“This poignant service is an opportunity for us to pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of all those that have defended our freedoms and protected our way of life.

“Wherever we are situated – inside our building, watching the service outside or from our homes we are collectively remembering all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf.”