Twelve of the most inspiring Merseyside moments of 2021
From walking 2,500 miles in a pair of Speedo swimsuits to revolutionizing a multi-billion pound global industry.
Liverpool Telescope. Photo: LJMU
World’s best teacher nominated for Liverpool deputy principal
The finalists were shortlisted from over 8,000 nominations and nominations from 121 countries around the world.
The teacher works as a vice-principal at St Vincent’s School, West Derby, a school specializing in sensory disorders. Although he did not win the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize, he expressed pride in being nominated.
Joanne Anderson becomes the first black female mayor
Anderson became the first black woman in the UK to become directly elected mayor of a major city.
“It is really important visually and symbolically to have a black person and woman in the top elected office of local government,” said Laurence Westgaph, historian in residence at the National Museums of Liverpool. LiverpoolWorld.
The former Labor adviser, who represented the Princes Park district from 2019, won 59.2% of the vote while independent candidate Stephen Yip came second with 40.8%.
Westgaph said: “Back when Joanne came of age in the 1980s, Liverpool was considered one of the most racist cities in England.
“In light of the history of the city, when we originally elected mayors – these people were slave traders, merchants or plantation owners – we have now come full circle. “
Largest painting ever in UK by one artist unveiled in Ainsdale
The UK’s largest painting by an artist has been revealed in Ainsdale.
The mural was painted over an area the size of four tennis courts.
It was created by Liverpool artist Paul Curtis, who is best known for creating the iconic work of For All Liverpool’s Liver Birds in the Baltic Triangle.
Liverpool scientists get deal for world’s largest robotic telescope
The £ 24million, four-meter-diameter telescope will be able to respond quickly to explosive and rapidly attenuating astronomical events such as supernovae and will also facilitate the search for new planets.
The new robotic telescope will be built by an international consortium led by the British University of Liverpool John Moores (LJMU), the Spanish University of Oviedo and the Canary Islands Institute of Astrophysics.
The project has received £ 4million in funding from the Science and Technology Facilities Council to enable construction to start.
The telescope, which will be located on the island of La Palma in the Canaries, will only be piloted by a small team of around ten people from the LJMU “control center” working on the Liverpool telescope.
GBBO star Lizzie an inspiration for people with ADHD and dyslexia
The 28-year-old surprised GBBO presenters and audiences with her bizarre stories and sharp wit on the popular show.
Lizzie was pictured on her Instagram page with the latest GBBO cookbook The Great British Bake Off: a pastry for all seasons featuring 2021 Judges’ Recipes and Baker’s Favorites.
She said: “For anyone to see themselves in a book is surreal, but to me it seems super strange to me. I am severely dyslexic and on the ADHD spectrum. I don’t read books, so have recipes that I have. I found in a book is mind-boggling.
Liverpool chosen as location for ‘world leader’ Pandemic Institute
The multi-million pound Pandemic Institute is located at The Spine, Paddington Village and is dedicated to helping the world “prevent, prepare for and respond more effectively to pandemics”.
Liverpool was the first city in the world to undertake a city-wide smart COVID-19 test pilot in November 2020, which reduced transmission rates by a fifth. The city has also hosted large-scale pilots, including nightclub events, to test the impact of the spread of COVID-19.
G7 arrives in Liverpool, Japanese foreign minister plays impromptu rendition of John Lennon’s Imagine
In December, the city hosted foreign secretaries of state from around the world as part of the series of G7 summits.
It lasted for three days, with Liverpool Mayor Joanne Anderson saying “the eyes of the world will be on Liverpool and we have a fantastic story to tell”.
Merseyside company to make global multibillion pound industry greener
The £ 54million Glass Futures project for the green ‘renaissance’ of the glass and beverage industry is due to start in St Helens.
Glass Futures will open the world’s first accessible test and test furnace facility under the project.
The factory is under construction at the former United Glass site at Peasley Cross and is expected to be completed in 2022.
The non-profit research and technology organization works with some of the largest companies in the global glass industry to help deliver a net zero product.
Sam Batley’s Life-Affirming Journey
Sam Batley, 30, has moved from Damien John Kelly (DJK) House, an abstinence-based recovery center in Wavertree for adult men.
His recovery included volunteering at the Open Eye Gallery on Liverpool’s waterfront and he also started One Day At A Time Boys, which used art to help fellow citizens document their different recovery experiences.
Sam showcased the group’s work on the exterior wall of the Open Eye Gallery in 2021.
The exhibit also documented the production journey of a film called Three Bull-Mastiffs in a Corner Kitchen which was shot over four days during the Manchester pandemic with people recovering including Sam.
In 2021, the film screened at film festivals around the world, including the Moscow Shorts International Short Film Festival and the Toronto Lift-Off Film Festival.
It won the Best Film of the North award at the Bolton Film Festival in October, meaning the film can now enter the BAFTA’s British Short Film Award.
Everton inaugurate new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock
Everton Football Club held a ceremony at Bramley-Moore Dock to mark the groundbreaking construction of their new home.
Speedo Mick’s Epic 2,500 Mile Charity Trek
The charity fundraiser, known as Speedo Mick, said he was ready to “lay down for about three months” after his trip which saw him cross the UK and Ireland by all. the times, including Storm Barra.
Its five-month Giving Back Tour Go Fund Me page has raised over £ 203,000 for charity and has supported disadvantaged and homeless youth.
Liverpool unite in the face of tragedy and adversity
In the aftermath of the terrorist attack on Liverpool Women’s Hospital on Remembrance Sunday the whole city united.
Suicide bomber Emad Al Swealmeen was killed when his device exploded in a taxi driven by David Perry, who survived.
The letter said that Liverpool “and the greater Merseyside region always come together at times like this and the pride of all of our communities is there for everyone to see. It is a territory defined by its conviviality, its kindness and its spirit of conviviality ”.
Ava’s father Robert Martin said: “We would like to thank everyone for their continued support during this devastating time.
“Thank you to each of you for your kind messages and donations.”