The maritime sector is part of the DNA of Bootle and with the creation of the new Port Academy the hope is that people can received high quality training that will fit them for the jobs that will be created by the expansion of the Port. The opportunities with be available from the age of 14 to adulthood.
One of the key events in Bootle's maritime history-and indeed in the nations history - is the Battle of the Atlantic. One of the heroes of that Battle was Bootle man Capt Johnny Walker. In many ways Bootle Tow Hall is a museum dedicated to his exploits . It was therefore appropriate that his grandson should be at the opening ceremony. Amongst many other dignitaries invited was the Earl of Derby who is pictured below in naval uniform with Johnny Walker's grandson.
Royal Naval engineers and members of the logistics corp had delivered an anchor to grace the outside of the new Port Academy building and I understand that they have also brought with them a torpedo which will doubtless be install elsewhere in the building. The anchor was blessed and sprinkled with holy water by the Rev Dr Crispin Pailing, Rector of Liverpool Parish Church which is often referred to as the Seafarers church.
|Sea cadets drumming at the Port Academy opening|
It was also good to meet people from the mental health charity Imagine Independence who were checking out training and job opportunities for people recovering from mental ill health.
|I did take photo of the Sefton Sea Cadets from Litherland and Southport but regrettably it has not turned out.|
|The blessing of the anchor|
|The Earl of Derby and Captain Johnny Walker's grandson|
|bust of Captain Johnny Walker|