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Faces of Liverpool – Kate Reilly James


In the third edition in our Faces of Liverpool series we caught up with Kate Reilly James, aged 35 from West Derby.

Faces of Liverpool - Kate Reilly James

What do you love about Liverpool?

What I love most about Liverpool is its warmth. Whether its a welcome from a cabby, an attachment to our incredible architecture or rich history, or simply an unforgettable first visit for shopping or the nightlife. There’s something homely about our city. There’s no where else like it. 

Name one main thing about living in Liverpool that makes you proud?

One thing about Liverpool that makes me proud is my mum and her scouse roots. Scouse women are formidable. But not in a scary way. They’re focussed, they don’t take any messing, they’re as loyal as the day is long,  and they can turn their hand to anything. Talk about entrepreneurial spirit. You won’t find a work ethic like that of a determined scouse woman.

If you could describe Liverpool in 3 words what would they be?

Describing Liverpool in just three words is so difficult! I’d say: Ambitious, comical, and gritty. 

Name one place in Liverpool that holds a special place in your heart?

A special place in Liverpool that will always hold a place in my heart is the Bombed Out Church. I usually meet my boyfriend there before heading to Salt Dogs on nights out. It’s doubled up as a great spot for a Bold Street Coffee breakfast (dodging the seagulls) and I’ve covered loads of amazing cultural events for work from the church steps. It’s iconic. 

Is there anything on your ‘Bucket List’ to do in Liverpool that your still yet to achieve?

A bucket list must-do in Liverpool is kayaking through the docks. I’ve got serious FOMO as one of my mates had a go at it and it looks amazingly peaceful. Especially on a crisp, autumnal morning. Guaranteed I’d end up in the water though. 

Do you have any tales of Liverpool or claim to fame while in the city?

My most treasured memory of the city is wandering down Bold Street on Sundays back in the late 80’s – when there was no such thing as Sunday trading. My mum and I would walk down from L8, through China town and window shop along the quiet streets. It was lovely being a kid then. 

The day I got to abseil off the Radio City Tower – raising funds for Cash for Kids is also up there. I’d do it again in a heartbeat, although I was terrified on the day. 

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