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We’ve seen lots of milestones and highlights, but even when we’ve been tested by some shocking events, Liverpool has always stood together to face them.
With 2022 hopefully about to be good to us all, here are 21 moments that shaped 2021 in Liverpool …
We thought we’d seen the back of lockdowns, then there was another big one in January. But it wasn’t all about what we were told we could and couldn’t do, it was about how people in our city went over and above to support their family, friends, neighbours, the elderly and vulnerable, pulling together like we always do in tough times.
We’re ahead of the game when it comes to culture, and we led the way again in April and May when we held pilot events – The Good Business Festival, two Circus club nights and Sefton Park music festival – which, by testing everyone before and after, helped get things safely opened up again across the country.
Another major first came in May when Liverpool made history by choosing the UK’s first directly elected black female mayor and the first woman to lead the city. Princes Park councillor Joanne Anderson promised to “make sure that we have an accountable and transparent local authority, the one that the people of Liverpool deserve”.
With foreign travel still uncertain and countries bouncing around the red and amber lists, lots of people decided not to risk going abroad. Marketing Liverpool positioned us to be one of the staycation capitals of the UK, working with culture, hotels and hospitality to woo visitors with safe outdoor attractions like the Biennial and Liverpool Without Walls.
The entire city was left shocked and saddened by the tragic death of 12-year-old Ava White after the city centre Christmas lights switch-on in November. Hundreds gathered in Church Street for a vigil days later to pay their respects to the Notre Dame schoolgirl and the Radio City Tower was lit up blue in her memory.
Reds fan Andrew Devine died in July aged 55, 32 years after suffering life-changing injuries in the Hillsborough disaster. His family issued a statement saying: “Our collective devastation is overwhelming but so too is the realisation that we were blessed to have had Andrew with us for 32 years since the Hillsborough tragedy.”
Mayor Joanne Anderson was just one of many women to take on leading roles in the city. Serena Kennedy became Chief Constable of Merseyside Police in April Emily Spurrell was elected as Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner and Faye Dyer took on the job of ACC managing director in May.
It felt like forever, especially if you were stuck in traffic jams looking at the Three Graces as you crawled by, but the first phase of development of the waterfront route was finally completed in November and all the barriers came down to reveal new cycle paths, green space, trees and seating. Looks lovely – make the most of it because phase two starts in spring 2022!
Liverpool became home to one of the world’s healthiest buildings in May with the launch of landmark building, The Spine, in Paddington Village. Costing £35m, the 14-storey eco building became the highest in the city, sitting proudly at the eastern gateway to the Knowledge Quarter Liverpool (KQ Liverpool) Innovation District.
Liverpool was rocked by a terror attack outside The Women’s on Remembrance Sunday. Bomber Emad al Swealmeen was killed when his homemade device exploded in a taxi outside the hospital. Taxi driver David Perry said it was a miracle he was alive and no-one else was injured, and leaders praised the city for uniting in the face of adversity.
The city was in the global spotlight in December as we played host to foreign and development ministers from around the world at the three-day summit marking the end of the UK’s Presidency of the G7. The Museum of Liverpool was the main location for the talks, and a pretty stunning backdrop for all those photos.
After a turbulent few months and a scathing report, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Robert Jenrick announced in June that the Government was bringing in commissioners to oversee the council’s highways, regeneration and property management over the next three years.
It was definitely out with the old and in with the new in Liverpool in 2021, and in came lots of new places to visit, shop and eat out. They included INNSiDE by Melia on Old Hall Street with its Gino’s and amazing Sky Bar, Barnacle restaurant on the mezzanine at Duke Street Market, stunning 35-storey
The Lexington apartments at Princes Dock, super-cool Baltic Hotel on Jamaica Street, the History Whisperer experience at St George’s Hall, gorgeous cocktail bar Tres Liverpool in Temple Court … and a massive Next on the corner of Church Street and Whitechapel.
Not many people are brave enough to cross over Stanley Park and shift their allegiances between the Blues and Reds but Rafa Benitez did just that when he returned to Liverpool the city, but not the club – taking over as boss of Everton in June on a three-year contract, replacing Carlo Ancelotti.
More than four years after signing a deal for land at Bramley-Moore Dock to build a new £500m stadium, Everton confirmed it was finally starting work in July. A ground-breaking ceremony took place in August with Blues chairman Bill Kenwright telling fans: “Now we can all watch our magnificent home as it comes to life.” On December 21, the first above-ground giant concrete panels and pillars went up.
Despite on-off restrictions, it was still a stellar year for live gigs in Liverpool, with the city showcasing some of the biggest stars in music. Nile Rodgers played a massive Pier Head show in September, then 12,000 clubbers had the waterfront bouncing at Scouse superstars Camelphat’s fastest-selling date of the year, on the second day of the On The Waterfront festival.
Merseyside Police moved from its old HQ at Canning Place into a new £48m building on Cazneau Street overlooking Scotland Road and the Queensway tunnel in October. The new HQ, named Rose Hill, will house over 1,000 officers and staff and has a memorial garden dedicated to the officers who have given their lives while serving.
The waterfront and city centre was lit up twice with two River of Light trails at Easter and then again in October. Huge crowds joined in the free-to-see festival featuring an outdoor illuminated gallery of stunning light installations by local, national and international artists.
Film and TV programme makers love our city and the results of all those hours of filming was watched by millions in 2021. Stephen Graham and Jodie Comer’s powerful drama for C4, Care, was a real stand-out, the Georgian Quarter doubled as Baker Street for The Irregulars, It’s a Sin and Ridley Road both shot around the Town Hall, Doctor Who filmed at the Albert Dock and Metropolitan Cathedral … and of course, who could forget the incredible sight of the Caped Crusader, Batman, at the top of the Liver Building!
After a tough time for shops with enforced closures, Liverpool came back spending in 2021, boosted by the big flagship openings of Next, New Look and Pandora. Sales trends were looking good all over the city centre and at the Albert Dock, including at Liverpool ONE where sales in the second half of the year were up more than 7% compared to a national average of less than 1%.
On Monday the law will change, banning old tyres in the UK. Listen to the full story of how one courageous Liverpool mum fought to over-turn the government and achieve what she set out to do for her son. 🎸❤️ @tyreduk @MolloyFrances
— The Guide Liverpool (@TheGuideLpool) January 29, 2021
Frances Molloy, whose 18-year-old son Michael was killed when a coach tyre blew out as he travelled back to Merseyside from a festival in 2012, won her years-long campaign for a new tyre law in February. “I feel that I’ve finally done what I set out to do, and had to do, for my son,” she said.
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