Family pay tribute to talented boxer following death in Chester

The family of a talented teenager who died in Chester have paid tribute to him. 16-year-old Frank Varey died on Thursday 22 July after he disappeared while swimming in the River Dee. Frank’s parents, brothers and sister said: “We are devastated beyond words, Frank was a legend in the boxing world and in life. May […]

Town centres to come to life again through new partnership

St Helens and Earlestown town centres will come to life with festivals, parklets and exciting virtual trails throughout the rest of this year. St Helens Borough Council will host a range of events as part of a programme to encourage people and families into the town centres to make the most of the captivating events […]

PROFILE: The Lord Mayor of Liverpool

“You get one go in life. Make as many mistakes as you like, but have a go, try stuff and see if you can make a difference.” The World Heritage Site status certificate has now been removed from Liverpool Town Hall. The low-key ceremony was presided over by the city’s Lord Mayor, which is just […]

World Heritage Taskforce responds to UNESCO deletion

Liverpool’s World Heritage Taskforce has given its official response to the decision to delete Liverpool’s World Heritage status. The taskforce, which includes the Vice Chancellor of Hope University, Prof Gerald Pilay, Prof Michael Parkinson and Professor John Belchem of the University of Liverpool, Sir Neil Cossons, the former chair of English Heritage and Claire Dove, […]

BLOG: “You may take our status, but you will never take our buildings”

Liverpool’s City Halls manager, Alan Smith, questions the decision to strip Liverpool of its UNESCO World Heritage Site status – after all, the city is brimming with an enviable amount of incredible architecture and heritage. Liverpool was granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2004, the city joined a select group of world sites, recognised for […]


HERO police officers and staff from across the UK who have died while protecting the public will be commemorated in a permanent memorial to be unveiled next Wednesday, 28th July at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. The new UK Police Memorial honours the courage and sacrifice of all those from across the police service […]

BLOG: Liverpool is a city which doesn’t need labels

Director of Culture Liverpool, Claire McColgan, responds to the news Liverpool is no longer a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but says this great city doesn’t need a label. When Liverpool started the process of securing World Heritage Site status around 2001, it was during a time when the city was gearing up to be European […]

STATEMENT: UNESCO World Heritage Site deletion

Liverpool has responded to UNESCO’s decision to delete the city from the list of World Heritage Sites. Mayor Joanne Anderson said: “I’m hugely disappointed and concerned by this decision to delete Liverpool’s World Heritage status, which comes a decade after UNESCO last visited the city to see it with their own eyes. “Our World Heritage site […]

Manchester Culture Awards – nomination deadline extended!

Manchester Culture Awards 2021 graphic The deadline to make a nomination for this year’s Manchester Culture Awards has been extended by a week following requests from cultural organisations and others for more time. It’s been two years since the awards were last held after they were cancelled due to Covid in 2020, and nominations have […]