Pride in Liverpool at St George’s Hall, 7-9 July

EXHIBITION TO PUT PRIDE IN THE ‘POOL

St. George’s Hall is to host a special exhibition next week celebrating the life of Liverpool.

Dozens of community projects across the city are to showcase their work within the Grade One-listed masterpiece from Wednesday – Friday, July 7-9 2010, with proceeds from the event reinvested in to the projects.

The event has been organised by ‘Pride in Liverpool‘ – an organisation that aims to increase the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the neighbourhood in which they live.

Highlights of the exhibition, which opens 10am each day, includes a debate on the Thursday from 2pm-4pm on reasons to have ‘Pride in Liverpool’ and there will be also be sign up forms to declare pride in Liverpool!

Friday 9th July is Celebration Day with awards handed out to various projects, and there will be a special celebration of music, with performers including Merseybeat legend Beryl Marsden, as well as art, creative workshops, family fun – plus a special ‘banquet reunion’ of 40 of the city’s ‘Mankey Monkey’ creations.

One award winner will be 83-year old Margaret Moody for her work in Knotty Ash, which earned the praise of comedy legend Ken Dodd.

Much of the work will be displayed on-line and the information gathered from the exhibition will be put into ‘a book of memory and a book of myths’ in time for Christmas – ‘A Liverpool book by Liverpool people’ says Val Price, Founder of Pride in Liverpool.

Val added: “Each and every one of us has memories of the area we have grown up in, and in each area there are parks, gardens, buildings, statutes etc.  There is so much to be proud of even though some of these are now sadly in need to some tender loving care. Throughout Liverpool people are looking and putting together the history of various areas and buildings and attempting to improve them and we hope to help people realise these dreams.”

The free to join community forum has already attracted support by organisations such as Blackburne House, Chamber of Commerce, Age Concern plus charitable groups, LCVS and Life Saver Training.

People can even add their own individual stories and information onto the website (www.prideinliverpool.com). Pictures and memories will be uploaded, including the names of the individuals, families or groups who have put the information together.

“Just one example of a Pride in Liverpool project, is ‘Walking on Water’, which recently went on display at the Big History Show,” says Val. “It focused on Water Street in the heart of the city, and was packed with fascinating facts, figures and some fantastic historical pictures. This one project demonstrated just how a small neighbourhood contributes to the colour and vibrancy of our great city.”

·Pride In Liverpool – the exhibition is FREE on Wednesday and Thursday. There is a £1 entry fee on the Friday.