Highest civic honours for Bishop, hospitals and fire service
THE Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool has been nominated to receive
the city’s highest civic honour.
The Right Reverend Tom Williams, who has served in the city
for almost half a century, is set to receive Freedom of the City of
He was born off Scotland Road and was ordained priest in the
city’s Metropolitan Cathedral in 1972, and served at St Francis of Assisi in
Garston, Sacred Heart on Hall Lane, Our Lady of Walsingham parish in Netherton,
Our Lady Immaculate Parish in St Domingo Road and St Anthony’s on Scotland
Aintree, Broadgreen and Royal Liverpool Hospitals and the
Liverpool University Dental Hospital, and Mersey Fire and Rescue
Service are nominated for admission to the Freedom Roll of Associations
Bill Heckle and Dave Jones, who established Beatles tourism
in the city, bought and reinvigorated the world famous Cavern Club, created the
Mathew Street Music Festival, came up with the concept for the Hard Days Night
Hotel and commissioned the hugely popular statue of The Beatles on the Pier Head, are being
recommended to receive Citizen of Honour awards, as is Jeff Dunn
who has run the city’s Schools Parliament for many years.
The nominations will be considered at an Extraordinary General Meeting of the council on Wednesday 15 January, and if approved will be followed by individual ceremonies during the year.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “The people
and organisations that have been chosen for Freedom of Liverpool and Citizen of
Honour awards have made a tremendous positive contribution to life in the city
over many years.
“Bishop Tom Williams has dedicated his life to serving his
parishioners and the wider faith community, and played a key role in making
sure that Project Jennifer overcame the hurdles it faced.
“We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the hard-working and committed
staff in our hospitals, and our firefighters, for helping save lives every day.
“Our tourism industry would not be as strong and successful as it
is now if Bill Heckle and Dave Jones would not have had the vision to recognise
the potential of the city’s unrivalled musical heritage in attracting visitors
to our city.
“And Jeff Dunn has done sterling work over many, many years with
the Schools Parliament, ensuring our young people contribute to decision making
in the city and develop valuable skills such as debating and public
Bishop Tom Williams said: “I am very surprised and humbled at
this great honour. Five generations of my family have been part of this city
and it has been a privilege to serve here for 48 years, almost 17 of them as
“This is truly home to me and I will always be grateful for the
support which I have received.”
Mersey Fire and Rescue Service Chief Fire Officer, Phil Garrigan
said: “It is a tremendous honour for Merseyside Fire and Rescue
Service to be given the Freedom of Liverpool. I am thrilled that we have been
recognised for the work we do – Our firefighters, protection officers,
prevention teams and our wider support staff work tirelessly day in, day out to
keep our communities safe.
“It’s a proud day for everyone who has an affiliation with
the service – those serving now and those who have served the city in the past.
We have a long and proud history dating back through the ages – and we remain
as committed as ever in the protection of our people, our city and our heritage
– we will continue to keep residents safe no matter what future challenges
Steve Warburton, Chief Executive of Liverpool University Hospitals
NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It is an incredible honour to receive the
Freedom of the City of Liverpool. This is a testament to the hard work,
dedication and service of each of our 12,000 staff and volunteers committed to
delivering outstanding healthcare to our patients.
“Our staff at Aintree, Broadgreen and Royal Liverpool Hospitals
and the Liverpool University Dental Hospital, many of whom are proud
Liverpudlians, strive every day to serve this great city and its people. We
deeply appreciate this tribute of being awarded the city’s highest civic
Dave Jones said: “When Bill Heckle and I first
started working together in 1983 our aims and objectives were
simply based on our belief and passion in Liverpool. We set out to promote the
city’s unique music heritage and introduce, the media, the tourism industry and
visitors to the spirit of Liverpool, enhance their experience and give them
something no other city in the world could.
“Our success over the past 35 years has been driven by vision and
taking every opportunity we have been given to develop Liverpool’s Beatles
“We never set out to receive awards and accolades. To be nominated
for Citizen of Honour awards is amazing. We feel a huge sense of
pride and emotion that our work has received this level of recognition.”