Peace and Harmony.
It was a good day for Liverpool, the sun shone, the VIP’S turned out in full force, the people of Liverpool came, Beatles/music fans came from all over the world .The international media representatives were there in great numbers and all came to honour JOHN LENNON . His life ,his music and his contribution to world peace. Julian and Cynthia Lennon cut the white ribbons to unveil The European Peace Monument releasing hundreds of white balloons and the crowds cheered their appreciation of the magnificent monument and I breathed a sigh of relief I loved it . Lauren Voiers a beautiful young and talented lady created a masterpiece in ‘Peace and Harmony’ which has been inspired by her own musical influences as well as those of John Lennon and the Beatles. It is wonderful and fitting that this is now in Chavasse Park ,Liverpool One, and John’s home city. The Global Peace Initiative has gifted this the second peace monument to the people of Liverpool on the occasion of what would have been John,s 70th birthday. Two months of celebration follow in the City of Liverpool, Cynthia Lennon made a plea for this to be a happy time , she thought that John would have wanted it. Julian was a reluctant speaker but made a small speech in honour of his Father also to thank the people of Liverpool for their warm welcome he felt at home and felt proud of the honour given to his Dad. There was a moment when the Liverpool Signing Choir was in the middle of their poignant performance when Julian patted his Mum’s knee to comfort her when I felt for the two of them and I know many people felt quite emotional. The whole ceremony went to plan, and was a credit to all the people involved, our own Roger Phillips from BBC Merseyside was as usual a wonderful Master of Ceremonies all the speeches were very well presented and the sentiment was delivered without being sad or morbid.Lord Mayor Hazel Williams welcomed all the visitors ,Ben Valenty and Lauren Voiers handed over the monument and talked about their work, Councillor Joe Anderson accepted on behalf of the people of Liverpool and the whole of Europe . Speeches from Jerry Goldman and Chris Bliss were very skillfully made , these are all the people who made this event happen. And I was there ! as the guest of the best dressed man in Liverpool, Thank you Gary Miller not only for a wonderful day full of great memories but for giving me such a great opportunity as Champion of Culture , for Liverpool East. Our area is very lucky to have you in our corner.