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HMS Mersey Parade in Bootle on Sunday 16th April – All You Need To Know

mayor of Sefton and members of HMS Mersey's crew at Bootle Town Hall.Naval officers from HMS Mersey will parade through the streets of Bootle this Sunday with ‘drums beating and bayonets fixed’ as the ship celebrates being bestowed with the Freedom of the Borough of Sefton

Freedom of the Borough

The historic Freedom of the Borough award was presented to the ship’s command on Thursday evening (April 13th) during a special ceremony at Bootle Town Hall, reaffirming Sefton’s historic links with the Royal Navy and HMS Mersey.

HMS Mersey, a naval patrol vessel, is currently moored in Liverpool as part of a four-day public celebration. Events began with the Freedom of the Borough ceremony and will end with Sunday’s historic 100-sailor-strong parade through Bootle.

Historic

HMS Mersey’s affiliation with Sefton was granted partly in honour of Captain Frederic John Walker, a World War Two officer who led command of escort ships from Bootle’s Gladstone Dock, during the Battle of the Atlantic.

Captain Walker also played a huge role in the D-Day landings of 1944, helping set up an impenetrable wall of escort ships to stop German U-Boats from attacking allied boats going to and from Normandy. This two-week blockade contributed massively to the Allied invasion’ success.

Commemoration

On Thursday Lieutenant Commander James Mitchell, HMS Mersey’s commanding officer of, and crew from the ship,joined  representatives of the Royal Navy and civic leaders to commemorated the Borough’s naval links which date back over 80 years.

And on Sunday more than a hundred sailors and Naval personnel will parade past Captain Walker’s house on Trinity Road, Bootle in a salute to his heroic exploits as part of the parade.

Route

The public are being encouraged to turn out in huge numbers for the once-in-a-lifetime parade, which will see HMS Mersey’s crew exercise their newly-awarded right to march through Sefton with ‘colours flying, bands playing, drums beating and bayonets fixed.’


Mayor of Sefton Clare Carragher said:
“Our Borough, and Bootle in particular, has longstanding links with the heroism and dedication of our Royal Navy.

“It is poignant that the parade will pass the house of Captain Walker and I encourage as many people as possible to line the streets of Bootle to pay tribute to HMS Mersey, the Royal Navy and Captain Walker’s memory.

“I am humbled by the sacrifice of those who have gone before us and those who serve in our armed forces today. To be the Mayor who bestows the Freedom of the Borough upon HMS Mersey is an honour.”

HMS Mersey’s Lieutenant Commander James Mitchell said: “I am delighted that HMS Mersey is returning to spend time ‘at home.’

“On Sunday 16th April, we’ll be parading through Bootle and from all of the Ship’s company of HMS Mersey, we look forward to seeing everyone soon.”

The Freedom Parade will leave Bootle Town Hall from the Trinity Road entrance on Sunday morning from 10.30am and march via Stanley Road, Merton Road and Oriel Road before returning to Bootle Town Hall.

A special open day is also being held on board HMS Mersey at the Pier Head, Liverpool on Saturday 15th April, during which the public will be touring the ship.

You can find out more about HMS Mersey here.

HMS Mersey sails into Sefton for historic Freedom ceremony

  • Naval officers will parade through the streets of Bootle
  • Historic Freedom of the Borough award will be presented to the ship’s command
  • Public are invited to see inside HMS Mersey

Sefton’s proud historic links with the Royal Navy are set to be reaffirmed later this month as HMS Mersey is bestowed the Freedom of the Borough.
 
HMS Mersey is a River-class offshore patrol vessel and the fifth Royal Navy vessel to carry the name. She will visit Sefton and Liverpool in mid-April, during which time the ship and her crew will be given the honorary Freedom of the Borough of Sefton. 
 
This will take place at a special ceremony on Thursday 13th April.

Civic Ceremony
 
Lieutenant Commander James Mitchell, the commanding officer of HMS Mersey, will be joined by crew from the ship, representatives of the Royal Navy and civic leaders to mark the special occasion, officially commemorating the Borough’s naval links which also date back over 80 years.
 
HMS Mersey’s affiliation with Sefton was granted partly in honour of Captain Frederic John Walker, a World War Two officer who led command of escort ships from Bootle’s Gladstone Dock, during the Battle of the Atlantic.
 
Captain Walker also played a huge role in the D-Day landings of 1944, helping set up an impenetrable wall of escort ships to stop German U-Boats from attacking allied boats going to and from Normandy. This two-week blockade contributed massively to the Allied invasion’ success.

Captain Walker
 
A portrait of Captain Walker, along with a series of wartime naval memorabilia, adorns the walls of Bootle Town Hall, which is where HMS Mersey will receive freedom status.
 
Mayor of Sefton Clare Carragher said:  “Our Borough, and Bootle in particular, is synonymous with the heroism and dedication of our Royal Navy.
 
“It is poignant that just a few hundred yards from our council chamber still stands the former house of Captain Walker and battle worn ensigns from dozens of naval ships hang proudly within Bootle Town Hall.

Humbled
 
“I am humbled by the sacrifice of those who have gone before us and those who serve today across our armed forces. To be the Mayor who bestows the Freedom of the Borough upon HMS Mersey is an honour.”
 
HMS Mersey’s Lieutenant Commander James Mitchell said:  “I am delighted that HMS Mersey is returning to spend time ‘at home.’
 
“During that period, we’ll be receiving the Freedom of the Borough of Sefton and on Sunday 16th  April, we’ll be parading through Bootle. 
 
“From all of the Ship’s company of HMS Mersey, we look forward to seeing everyone soon.”
 
The Honorary Freedom of the Borough will grant HMS Mersey, as a Service Unit, the right, privilege, honour and distinction of marching through the streets of the Borough on all ceremonial occasions with ‘colours flying, bands playing, drums beating and bayonets fixed.’
 
HMS Mersey will be exercising their Freedom of Entry during their parade, which everyone is encouraged to attend.
 
The Freedom Parade will leave Bootle Town Hall on the Sunday morning and march via Trinity Road,  Stanley Road, Merton Road and Oriel Road before returning to the Town Hall.
 
A special open day will also be held on board HMS Mersey at the Pier Head, Liverpool throughout Saturday 15th April, during which the public will be invited to tour the ship.
 

Sefton appoints leading UK construction group to work on MLEC project

Yet another landmark for the Marine Lake Events Centre project has been reached after Sefton confirmed one of the UK’s leading construction firms to oversee the venue’s delivery.

The new Centre will be complemented by the UK’s first light, water and sound show in the town’s Marine Lake.

Comprehensive

Following a comprehensive tender process,  Kier Group, one of the UK’s largest construction and infrastructure companies, have been identified as the preferred contractor to work on the Marine Lake Events Centre (MLEC) project. Kier will now enter into a pre-construction services agreement with Sefton Council, in advance of full contract later in 2023.

This vital stage in the Marine Lake Events Centre (MLEC) and Water & Lights Show project follows a series of huge milestones for the scheme, including the appointment of venue management experts ASM Global and £73 million pound business case approved by Sefton Council, by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, and by Government.

As part of the Marine Lake Events Centre project Kier and other partners have also signed up to a special social value plan which will see them give back to communities across Sefton.

Social Value

This will include providing local employment and supply chain opportunities, along with additional time and resources dedicated to working with school and college students who want to explore careers in the construction industry.

Overwhelming support has already been shown for the transformational project, which will see a brand new state of the art events centre and accompanying water and light show built on the site of the former Southport Theatre.

Sefton Council and the Southport Town Deal team have been congratulated by Government on ‘an ambitious project for the benefit’ of Southport and the Liverpool City Region, which will see a total of £73 million of funding invested into the project.

Funding

Mayor Steve Rotheram, and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (CA) recently approved £17.7m funding for the new Marine Lake Events Centre. This was on top of £2.3m the CA had already committed to the pre-development work.

A planning application for the project has been submitted and is expected by be considered by Planning Committee in Spring 2023.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “By awarding preferred status to Kier we are putting the physical creation of the venue into the hands of a proven contractor with a strong track record.

“The interest of the UK’s leading construction firms in the project, and the standing of the successful bidder, reaffirms the scale of ambition for the future of Southport that this transformational project demonstrates.

“The end goal is a fully flexible, scalable cultural space capable of staging concerts, stand-up comedy, family shows, musical theatre, conferences, exhibitions that is the envy of other towns and cities.

“Kier share in the ambitions of Sefton Council and the Southport Town Deal in making MLEC a soaring success.

“The MLEC, together with the Light Fantastic, is forecast to attract more than half a million additional visitors to Southport year on year and generating an annual £18 million for the local economy and I am delighted that Sefton Council is once again leading the way in exciting projects like this.”

Check to see if your Photo ID is acceptable under new Voter legislation

Voters across Sefton are being reminded of the need for valid photo ID if they wish to vote in person at the upcoming May election.

Everyone wanting to cast their vote at a polling station in Mays local elections will be required to show valid photographic identification following new legislation via the Elections Act 2022.

If they have them, people can use a driving licence or passport as photo ID at a polling station but if they don’t have these or one of the other accepted documents, they can get a free Voter Authority Certificate online.

Acceptable

However while there are over 20 different forms of acceptable ID, there are still a number of identification cards which polling staff can’t accept.

Voters in Sefton will, for example, not be able to use their Merseytravel 60+ card as it is not classed as an acceptable form of ID.

Information on what is required and how to apply, along with details of registering to vote and getting a postal vote can be found at www.sefton.gov.uk/voterid.

Voters who do not want to vote in person at a polling station can apply to cast their vote by post.

To help ensure everyone is aware of the new requirements and encourage them to exercise their democratic right to vote, Sefton
Council is running a Borough-wide advertising dubbed ‘IDeal Time’ on high streets and public transport.

Cllr Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Resources said: “We want to ensure that everyone can prepare now to ensure they don’t miss out.

“That’s why we are running our high-profile IDeal Time campaign to highlight what they need to do and by when they need to do it.

“Anyone without a valid photo ID can apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate up to six working days (5.00pm on Tuesday 25 April 2023) before the elections on Thursday, May 4th.

“And the cut-off date for registering to vote is midnight on Monday 17 April 2023 , and the deadline for receipt of all postal vote applications is 5.00pm on Tuesday 18 April 2023.”

Elections Act

Passports, driving licences and parking Blue Badges, along with older and disabled people’s bus passes are among the types of photo ID people can show to be allowed to vote under the Election Act 2022.

Cllr Lappin continued: “Our teams are already working extremely hard to ensure everything is in place to meet the new requirements, but this is the time for voters across Sefton to make sure they are prepared too so we are not forced to turn anyone away on May 4th.”

For more information about the upcoming elections and rule changes please visit www.sefton.gov.uk/elections .

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Sefton communities invited to hold street parties in honour of King Charles III’s Coronation

Community spirited Sefton residents thinking of hosting a street party for the Coronation of King Charles III are being asked to contact the Council as soon as possible.

While food, drink and tablecloths may be high on any party planner’s list for the celebrations on Saturday May 6th, many residents may not be aware of the legal need to close off their street.

If a street party is going to affect vehicle access, organisers need to apply to Sefton Council by filling out a Road Closure Request. 

Request

A formal closure allows provisions to be put in place to reduce the amount of disruption to vehicle access and pedestrians.

There is no cost involved for this service but party organisers will need to let Sefton Council know of their plans by Friday 14th  April. This gives the Council the time to put the required measure in place.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: 
“Sefton Council is keen that as many people as possible enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime special occasion and we know that for many closely knit communities, that means a street party!

“In order for street parties to take place, Sefton Council has a legal duty to formally publish notice of any road closures required.

“Already we have been contacted about a number of Coronation celebration road closures and we would urge anyone thinking of doing the same to get in touch with us as soon as possible to avoid being disappointed.

Warm-hearted

“Organising a street party has many different rewards and brings together neighbours and local communities, showing off Sefton at its very best as a warm-hearted and caring Borough.

It will not be possible to process any street closure requests for the Coronation celebrations after the Friday 14th April deadline.

A new community grant scheme for Sefton-based voluntary, community and faith (VCF) sector groups who wish to host a range of activities and events is also due to be announced.

The fund is a joint initiative between Sefton Council, Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS), local fundraising platform Sefton 4 Good and Living Well Sefton.

Organisers will need to provide their contact details, proposed closure dates and the road or section of road they wish to close.

Although application will be assessed on a case-by-case basis event organisers  are reminded that all parties should take place away from busy roads, such as main roads and bus routes.

Anyone wanting to apply for a temporary road closure in Sefton, should visit www.sefton.gov.uk/coronation2023 or call 0345 140 0845.

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