Royal invitation for Lord Mayor

Liverpool’s Lord Mayor has received a royal invitation to be a Vice President of the charity Seafarers UK, for his time as Lord Mayor.

The letter came after the city’s hugely successful Battle of the Atlantic commemorations. Vice Admiral Peter Wilkinson, sent the invitation on behalf of the President, HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.

Lord Mayor, Councillor Gary Millar said: “As Lord Mayor of a world famous maritime city working with a charity that looks after seafarers is hugely close to my heart.

“It is an honour and a privilege to be invited to take up the position of Vice President of Seafarers UK.

“I am absolutely delighted to be representing the city of Liverpool in such a prestigious post and would like to thank HRH Prince Edward, President of Seafarers UK and the General Council for offering me this wonderful role for my time as Lord Mayor.

“This is most definitely going to be a highlight of my year and I look forward to working with such a worthy charity.”

Chairman of the General Council, Vice Admiral Peter Wilkinson said: “We look back with great affection on our recent liaison with Liverpool, its heritage and its people.

“We appreciate the support that the Lord Mayor, has given us in the days since his appointment and are delighted that he has accepted the role of Vice President.”

Seafarers UK has been meeting the needs of the maritime community for nearly 100 years. Originally set up in 1917 as King George’s Fund for Sailors, Seafarers UK is the leading maritime charity that supports and promotes the many organisations that look after seafarers in need across the Merchant Navy, Fishing Fleets, Royal Navy and Royal Marines, together with their families and dependents.