It’s not every year that your allotment neighbour is the Lord Mayor of Liverpool. But this past year that has been so. And Sarah and I were delighted to get an invitation to come into our Town Hall and visit our friend Erica as she nears the end of her term of office.
Sarah’s never been in here before, and me not for a long time.
The building is mid-18th century and was designed by John Wood the Elder of Bath and James Wyatt. Containing many architectural treasures and details much better described by Wikipedia than me. We’re here for a look around.
The great slavery abolitionist and friend of William Roscoe. We’ll be seeing a fireplace he gave to the building in a bit.
Oh well, we collectively own these.
As well as all her representative, ceremonial and charitable duties, Erica as Lord Mayor chairs the full Council meetings in here.
Hughie Dalton being listed as ‘Chairman’ rather than ‘Lord Mayor’ for three years as the office was suspended by the Labour led Council during those days of struggle.
We’ve seen one in a portrait from then and Roy tells us there are still 25 of them about the place.
Spending an hour with Erica we talk democracy, allotments and how much she has enjoyed her year which will come to an end late in May.
And when our time is almost up and she puts on her chain of office to go and see some young photographers from St Margaret’s in Breck Road, Anfield, she asks Roy to take our photograph on the grand staircase of the Town Hall.