CULTURE MINISTER IN LIVERPOOL
GOVERNMENT minister David Lammy is visiting Liverpool on
Thursday to lend his support to a Culture Company conference.
The 'Art of Inclusion' event is drawing local authority
representatives from all over the UK plus top officials from bodies
such as the Department for
Culture, Media and Sport. It is to discuss activities at a
grassroots level, as a response to independent research into the
Company's Creative Communities initiative.
Liverpool City Council leader elect, Councillor Warren Bradley:-
"It's great to see that we're getting resounding support for this
event from up and down the country, plus high level officials like
David Lammy, who has expressed his love for Liverpool in the past."
The Art of Inclusion report was researched by DTZ Pieda Consulting,
so is fully independent. It calls the Creative Communities programme
'exciting', 'bold' and 'inventive', as well as noting
that evidence of increased local pride and ownership is already
Researchers found that the programme genuinely involved thousands of
ordinary Liverpdulians" and "...works for people and is truly
Head of Creative Communities, Claire McColgan, said:-
"Bringing together great cultural minds like this will offer a
fantastic exchange of ideas. It will also give delegates from around
the country an insight into how Liverpool is doing so well, as
illustrated by the independent report by DTZ."
THE Chief Inspector of Schools has named 2 Liverpool primary schools
as among the best in the country. Anfield Junior School and St
Michael in the Hamlet have both been highlighted by David Bell in
his annual list of outstanding schools.
David Bell said:- "I applaud the headteachers, staff and
pupils of all the successful schools named in the list on their
success and hard work in delivering such an excellent standard of
education. They have strong, dynamic leadership and excellent
or very good teaching that results in pupils making progress and
achieving very well."
Executive member for children's services, Councillor Paul Clein,
said:- "This is fantastic news for both of these schools, and
deserved recognition for the hard work of all concerned. Over
the last few years the support the city council provides to schools
has improved dramatically, and this is helping them deliver improved
teaching across Liverpool."
Executive director of children's services, Colin Hilton, said:-
"This is an excellent result for both of these schools and they
should be extremely proud of this achievement."
Headteacher of Anfield Juniors, Allan Lund, said:- "Anfield
Junior School has been a very successful school for over 100 years
and we are delighted that this has been officially recognised by
Headteacher of St Michael -in-the-Hamlet school, Paul Fleming,
said:- "This is wonderful recognition for the all the hard
work by staff across the school and we are absolutely delighted."
LIVERPOOL REMEMBERS LENNON
LIVERPOOL'S children lead a musical tribute to mark the 25th
anniversary of John Lennon's death on Thursday, 8 December.
Pupils from John's former schools, Dovedale Juniors and
Calderstones School, laid flowers during a special Civic Service at
Liverpool Parish church, Our Lady & St. Nicholas, opposite the Pier
At the service, which began at 5pm, friends and musicians gathered
to hear guest speakers recount their memories of the murdered
ex-Beatle. And after speaking of his influence on them they
introduced Broughton Hall High School pupil, Michelle Strahan, 15,
who performed Beautiful Boy as a solo. Michelle was followed by the
Notre Dame Catholic College choir, singing All You Need is Love, In
My Life and Happy Christmas/War is Over.
The service concluded with prayer and blessing by the Rector of
Liverpool, The Reverend Steven Brookes.
Earlier in the day, from 1pm until 2pm, Knotty Ash School for the
Deaf were paying tribute to John Lennon at Clayton Square by
performing their own renditions of Beatles numbers in Sign Language.
After the Civic Service the church was opened between 6pm and 7pm so
that members of the public can sign a Book of Commemoration. The
book will then be moved to the 08 Place in Whitechapel.
Liverpool's Lord Mayor Councillor Alan Dean who introduced the Civic
Service, said:- ''It is fitting that children will be leading
our tribute to John by celebrating his greatest legacy, his music.
His influence on his and future generations is immense. Not only did
he help change perceptions of Liverpool around the world - he and
the Beatles changed the aspirations of young working class kids all
over the world, showing that if you've got ability you can go
anywhere. 'Few people in his position used their fame to stand
up against injustices and to spread the message of love and peace in
the way he did. His political stances have influenced modern
musicians such as Bono and Bob Geldolf and I'm sure John would be a
great advocate for the developing world if he were still alive
The focus then returned to Clayton Square from 5.30pm with live
music by local musicians Steve Roberts and Santa Carla. At
6.30pm this was followed by an exclusive screening of rare
documentary footage - courtesy of digital radio station BBC 6 Music
- featuring videos, interviews, performance and even John's poetry,
under the banner of 'Lennon Remembered'.
Councillor Warren Bradley, Liverpool City Council's executive member
for culture, said:- ''The loss of one of the world's greatest
musicians continues to reverberate; most noticeably in the wealth of
local talent who strive to match not just his success but the high
standards he set in innovation and integrity. 'I think we are
remembering John in the only way we know how - by reaffirming his
lasting legacy, and offering a platform for the city's musicians to
Thursday's anniversary also marked the start of a special light show
celebrating John Lennon's life. Until December 14, there will be a
nightly projection of Lennon images onto George's Dock Building,
between 4.30pm and 11pm.
Besides the music and Civic Service, there were a host of events in
the city to mark Lennon's anniversary.