Ahead of Sefton’s Borough of Culture
year, we want residents and visitors to tell us what stories they want us to
celebrate throughout 2020.
The Borough of Culture (BoC) title is
awarded by the Liverpool City Region’s Combined Authority to one of its six local
authorities (Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral) on a
rotating, annual basis.
2019 is currently Wirral’s year while 2020 will be dedicated to
Sefton with a raft of new, existing and community led events planned for the
The focus of Sefton’s year will be on stories, looking at two key
elements, local history and the environment.
Through the Sefton Stories Project,
we are already planning to celebrate narrative around the Bootle Blitz, Red Rum
and the Grand National, the borough’s amazing coastline, Southport’s tourism
and Maghull amateur astronomer Isaac Roberts.
But as the borough is blessed with so many other
different and unique stories and individuals behind them, we want the public to
decide on who else to celebrate in 2020.
After much deliberation, a list of 10 stories has been chosen to
vote on with at least 4 more being added to the final list. A blank box has
also been added enabling people to champion stories or individuals they think
we have missed and one of these will be included as well.
An online poll has now been set up on www.mysefton.co.uk for
people to cast their votes and we are encouraging groups and individuals to
champion different stories telling us why they should be celebrated.
The poll will run until January 13, 2020 with the full list for
the Sefton Stories Project announced shortly afterwards.
The list to vote for includes:
Spotlight On: Sefton’s Maritime History:
The Heroes of the Lusitania and Captain Edward Smith of the Titanic
Frederick J Hooper:
Polar explorer, member of Scott expedition
Spotlight On: Dame Beryl Bainbridge
Acclaimed British writer
Spotlight On: Thomas Fresh:
Pioneer in British environmental health
Spotlight On: Kenny Everett:
Comedian and radio disc jockey
Spotlight On: Sir Henry Segrave:
Made the land speed record in 1926
Meccano, Hornby Model Railways and Dinky Toys
Spotlight On: Albert Pierrepoint:
The last hangman in Britain
Spotlight On: James Dunwoody Bullock:
Confederacy’s chief foreign agent during the US Civil War
Spotlight On: Christiana Hartley:
Social and welfare rights activist, philanthropist
To vote visit www.mysefton.co.uk/2019/11/24/sefton-stories/
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