Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside Visit


Bank Holiday Monday, 8th May, was the day when the flags came out in Gateacre and everyone had fun! The day began and ended with heavy rain – but, when it mattered, the skies brightened and the sun even peeked through at times. The Friends of Gateacre had organised a community event on the village green, with face-painting and craft activities for the children and, later on, live music for all to enjoy.

At 1 o’clock we were honoured to welcome Mr Mark Blundell, who as Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside is King Charles III’s personal representative within our ceremonial county, and had agreed to visit Gateacre to join in the celebrations. The excuse for all of this, of course, was the Coronation which had taken place two days previously.
In 1953, when Queen Elizabeth II was crowned, a copper beech tree was planted on Gateacre Village Green.
In 2023, as mentioned in our last Newsletter, we decided to plant another special tree: a silver birch.

Above: The Lord-Lieutenant on Gateacre Village Green, outside the Black Bull pub. On the left is the Silver Birch tree planted to celebrate the Coronation

At 1.30 p.m. the Lord-Lieutenant unveiled a plaque, recording the fact that the tree had been planted “to celebrate the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III”.

Our thanks go to the Lord-Lieutenant, who showed such an interest in our activities and the various volunteers to whom he was introduced, to the Friends of Gateacre, who planned the event so thoroughly, to the three Woolton Ward Councillors who arranged the funding – and of course to all those local residents who attended and made the event such a success. A special presentation was made to Councillor Barbara Mace, the current Chair of the Friends of Gateacre, who had just retired from the City Council after 24 years as one of our elected representatives. Finally, special thanks and congratulations are due to Councillor Kris Brown, who masterminded the event and who continues in office as the elected member for the new Gateacre Ward.

Below: The plaque unveiled by the Lord-Lieutenant on 8th May 2023

Below: The Lord-Lieutenant inspects the face-painting/crafts table on Gateacre Village Green

Below: Mike Chitty (left) and Kris Brown (right) introduce the Lord-Lieutenant to Queen Victoria

Below: The Lord-Lieutenant unveils the plaque

Below: Sandra Sandland shows the Lord-Lieutenant the copper beech tree that was planted, adjacent to the Wilson Memorial Fountain, in 1953

Below: The Lord-Lieutenant talks to Gateacre residents after unveiling the plaque

Below: Gateacre residents on the village green

Below: The Lord-Lieutenant shows off his sword!

Below: The Lord-Lieutenant presents flowers to Councillor Barbara Mace, Chair of the Friends of Gateacre

Below: The commemorative plaque before and after the unveiling

Photos © Mike Russell, Friends of Gateacre,
Sandra Sandland, The Gateacre Society,
Patricia McCormack, Friends of Gateacre,
Mike Chitty, The Gateacre Society

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