Rock N Roll Marathon Half and Full Marathon Has Record Numbers.

The Liverpool Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon attracted more than 20,000 runners to the event this year.

The participants hit the city streets for Sunday’s full and half marathons, a one mile fun run and also for Saturday’s 5K race.

And many international runners joined those from Merseyside who had signed up to pound the streets.

The routes took in Liverpool ’s world famous waterfront, Chinatown, Sefton Park and Merseyside’s two Premier League football grounds.

The half marathon began just after 9am and the full marathon at 10.10am at Salthouse Dock.

It was a lovely hot day for the race, maybe a little to hot for some people.

Rock stars Republica headlined the music on the main stage at 2pm, singing some of the fave hits incl. “Drop Dead Gorgeous” and “Ready to go”.

 

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Atlantic Conveyor Remembered

A special service was conducted today on the 35th anniversary of the sinking of the Atlantic Conveyor.  The Liverpool registered ship was lost on the 25th May 1982 killing 12 people, 6 were Cunard crew and 6 were from the Royal Navy.

Atlantic Conveyor was requisitioned by the government, and was struck by two Exocet missiles and a fierce fire broke out during the Falklands War.

The service was held in Liverpool Parish Church and conducted by Father Crispin Pailing.  During the service representatives from Cunard and ACL spoke during the service.  Also speaking at the service was Revd Richard Buckley, FRSA Royal Navy who was the Chaplain to Hospital Ships during the Falklands Conflict.

After the service inside, the dignitaries including High Sheriff Stephen Burrows, Lord Lieutenant Dame Lorna Muirhead, Lord Mayor of Liverpool Cllr Malcolm Kennedy and Angus Struthers walked outside to the memorial plaque for the Conveyor to lay wreaths and pay their respects.

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Floral tributes and the plaque

Liverpool Vigil held in support of the victims of the Manchester Bombings

Hundreds of people gathered in Williamson Square yesterday evening in support of the victims, families and friends of the Manchester bombing by radicalised Salman Abedi.

The vigil was organised by Ellie Longman who after hearing the news decided to hold the vigil.  She said: “I set this up so people could show their grief for the people who died in Manchester last night and to show solidarity with the city.”

“We’re very close Northern cities and I just thought having a vigil at 6pm – the same time as the one in Manchester was right.”

“For me it was a chance for communities to come together and say no, this will not divide us.”

A minutes silence was observed as part of the vigil, with many people looking visibly upset.

Politicians from across Merseyside were also at the vigil including Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotherham, whose daughters were at last night’s concert.

He said: “I’m here to show solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Manchester tonight, but I’m also here with my wife and two children who were at the concert.”

Young and old and from all walk of life came to the vigil, with some writing messages on the floor and some lighting candles.

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World War One VC Hero Honoured in Liverpool

A commemorative stone has been laid 100 years to the day of his death of a Liverpool War Hero. Mr Albert White, gained his VC on the day of his death 19 May, 1917. The stone was unveiled at a ceremony in the gardens of Liverpool Parish Church, Our Lady and St Nicholas.

Albert White was born in Kirkdale and followed his father’s example by becoming a merchant seamen working as a coal trimmer.

When war broke out in August 1914, he enlisted in the Royal Army Medical Corps and was then transferred to the South Wales Borderers on 1 June 1915.

He was sent to Gallipoli where over the following nine months his Battalion lost almost 1,600 officers and men. Evacuated from Egypt, he was then posted to France where he survived the carnage of the opening day of the Battle of the Somme and many other battles.

The action for which he received the Victoria Cross took place at Monchy-le-Preux in France during the Battle of Arras on 19 May 1917. He was killed during this action aged just 25 and his medal was presented posthumously to his father by King George V at Buckingham Palace on 21 July 1917.

His citation in the London Gazette reads:

“For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. Realising during an attack that one of the enemy’s machine guns, which had previously been located, would probably hold up the whole advance of his Company, Sjt White, without the slightest hesitation, and regardless of all personal danger, dashed ahead of his Company to capture the gun. When within a few yards of the gun he fell riddled with bullets, having thus willingly sacrificed his life in order that he might secure the success of the operations and the welfare of his comrades”

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Syttende Mai in Liverpool 2017

Norwegian people, young and old came together in the Pier Head to celebrate their Constitution Day.  The Constitution of Norway was signed at Eidsvoll on May 17 in the year 1814. The constitution declared Norway to be an independent kingdom in an attempt to avoid being ceded to Sweden after Denmark–Norway’s devastating defeat in the Napoleonic Wars

Members of the congregation from the Nordic Church in Park Lane, met near the plaque for personnel lost during the Battle Of The Atlantic.  Some were dressed in traditional costumes with blue, red and white ribbons. A service was held in Norwegian and a wreath was laid under the plaque.

Accompanied by the Imperial Corps of Drums from Liverpool, the parade went from the Pier Head, into the Albert Dock.  Banners and flags were carried by people in the parade, with the parade concluding at the entrance to the Albert Dock.

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Parade continues at the Pier Head

Run For The 96 2017

The third annual Run For The 96 5K took place today in Liverpool’s Stanley Park, situated between Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium and Everton’s Goodison Park.

The overall aim of Run For The 96 is to remember and celebrate the lives of the 96 Liverpool fans, who were unlawfully killed in the Hillsborough tragedy on 15 April 1989. Run For The 96 5K also remembers the families of The 96 and the survivors, who have tirelessly fought for justice with the utmost dignity.

The Race started at 930am, followed by a new 1 mile race at 1115am.  Participants were invited to raise money for charity for Liverpool’s, Liverpool Foundation and Everton’s, Everton In The Community.

Chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG) Margaret Aspinall has supported and attended Run For The 96 since it was first introduced in 2015. This year Margaret will took part for the very first time.

Margaret will be joined by Liverpool actor Michael Starke, fondly known as TV favourite Sinbad in iconic Channel 4 soap Brookside. Together, Margaret and Michael walked the Stanley Park 5K course. Michael attended Run For The 96 for the first time last year and was keen to get more involved.

Margaret Aspinall, Chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG), commented: “Run For The 96 is a fantastic way to bring the community together in a positive, active way to remember The 96. It is a lovely tribute and a very special legacy. Everyone in Liverpool deserves credit in our fight for justice and I am extremely proud of my city. After cheering everyone on for the last couple of years, I am excited to take part this year and experience the wonderful atmosphere first-hand.”

LFC legend Alan Kennedy returned to run the race again aswell as Liverpool’s Stephen Smith, the boxer, Ex-Emmerdale actor Kurtis Stacey, Milk Tray Man Patrick McBride, original Big Brother Winner Craig Philips, Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, Deputy Mayor Of Liverpool, Cllr Ann O’Byrne and local personality Speedo Mick.

Reds and Blues stood by side as football club anthems, Liverpool’s You’ll Never Walk Alone and Everton’s Z Cars were played, followed by a minute’s applause to remember The 96.

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May Day Parade In Liverpool

The annual May Day Parade took place today in Liverpool and celebrated the life of a working class hero.

A 5m model of activist and writer George Garret was the centerpiece of the parade which began at 130pm from Toxteth Library.

The parade celebrated George’s life and some of his relatives spoke at the parade, and read out some of his writings.

Various unions and campaign groups attended the parade and carried their banners around the parade.

The parade also marked the opening of the Writing On The Wall Festival, a festival which celebrates writing, diversity, tolerance, story telling and humour through controversy, inquiry and debate. The day also marked the publication of Garrett’s memoirs, Ten Years On The Parish.

The Parade marched down Hope St, Leece St, Bold St, Church St, Whitechapel, Queen Sq and Lime St before finishing up at the top of William Brown St.  At St Lukes Church, Samba band Katumba joined in and drummed there way to the end.

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Garrett and St Johns Beacon